Mission & History

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About United Way of York County

Mission: We assist working households in our community achieve financial stability by collaboratively and equitably reducing barriers to prosperity. 

Vision Statement: An equitably thriving York County.

For 100  years, United Way of York County has worked in the York County community to improve people’s lives. We began as The York Welfare Federation, an organization that raised funds on behalf of 17 member agencies. Today, as United Way of York County, the mission of raising community funds remains the same, but the strategies have evolved in order to meet the growing and changing needs of people living in York County.

United Way has adapted over the years and now collaborates with other public and private organizations to engage the community in addressing the complex issues facing York County. By developing initiatives that get at the root causes of these issues, United Way and its partners find solutions and fund programs that improve the lives of people in York County. Through gifts to the United Way of York County Impact Fund, United Way is able to invest those dollars into 64 programs supported by 34 Partner Agencies. These programs address human services needs across three Focus Areas: Education, Health, and Economic Mobility. This enables United Way to address the immediate and continuing needs of York County families and individuals and to create real, lasting change that matters to you and the community.

United Way of York County’s Values

Integrity – Our relationships with each other and the greater community are based on honesty and respect, as we conduct ourselves with the highest ethical standards. Our work is guided by our organization’s mission and values.

Accountability – We provide complete transparency to the public in regards to the usage and distribution of resources into funded programs. Both financial and outcome reporting meet the highest standard.

Stewardship – We ensure responsible management of donor funds for programs that deliver favorable outcomes. We provide convenient donation options and guidance for donors to wisely invest their contributions.

Operational Excellence – Our high standards of performance and commitment to continuous improvement and resourcefulness enable us to provide effective, efficient and quality services.

Inclusiveness – We value diversity and strive for inclusion. We act in ways that respect the dignity, uniqueness and intrinsic worth of every person.

Collaboration – We work as a team for the good of the organization and the community. We partner with other organizations and individuals to leverage our talents and resources for greater community impact.

Making a Difference – We mobilize the community to improve people’s lives. We make a positive and lasting impact in our community.