The Most Powerful Way to Invest in Your Community

As it remains dedicated to fulfilling its mission to "mobilize the caring power of the community", United Way of St. Joseph County continues to play an extremely important role in addressing current issues and meeting pressing needs. United Way serves as an umbrella organization that exists to provide unity among health and human service organizations, allowing them to be more effective. By forging collaborative partnerships, the United Way has a pulse on the community, determining the greatest areas of needs and being able to meet those needs in proper priority. Through the generous donations of people like you, United Way of St. Joseph County succeeds in creating immediate community impact as well as long lasting community change. 
Donations to the Community Investment Fund are allocated to approved programs of United Way partner agencies.  Approval by the board and a diverse group of trained volunteers is based on careful analysis of program outcomes and effectiveness.
In 2009, United Way of St. Joseph County conducted a community needs assessment, which analyzed local (including United Way Regional 2-1-1 information and referral statistics), state, and national statistics.  Upon review, the United Way of St. Joseph County and the board of directors determined that the priority areas of need for 2010-2020 are best defined by three categories:  Education, Income/Financial Stability, and Health.
Based on the needs assessment, new community priority areas, evaluations of program applications and outcomes, and the difficult economic situation, the United Way Panel Allocation volunteers have recommended the following allocation percentages for each priority area:
  • Education: 30%
  • Income/Financial Stability: 45%
  • Health: 25%
Join us in driving change to reduce poverty in St. Joseph County!