United Way of Weld County
United Way of Weld County’s (UWWC) mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community. United Way was founded in 1887 in Denver, Colorado, as a collaborative organization addressing the city’s social welfare needs. UWWC was established in 1940. As an independent, local nonprofit 501(c)3 organization and member of the United Way Worldwide network, UWWC improves lives and catalyzes social change through intentional community impact efforts. Today’s United Way is committed to positive outcomes in the areas of education, income, and health; UWWC does this in a way that engages community members and volunteers in all aspects of the organization and process.
United Way of Weld County is committed to creating a future for the community in which children, youth, individuals, and families are healthy, thriving, and reaching their maximum potential. In this vision, Weld County is a place where every child receives high quality early care and education, every family has sufficient income to enjoy a good quality of life and save for the future, and every individual has access to affordable health care and can live in a safe, health-promoting environment.
United Way of Weld County accomplishes its mission in four distinct ways:
1) Provides: UWWC utilizes its management capacity to directly achieve programmatic results under its supervision when community services are needed and United Way has the capacity to respond. These programs include Volunteer Engagement, 2-1-1 Information and Referral, and Promises for Children, which is Weld County’s Early Childhood Council and a suite of programs working to improve the wellbeing of children.
2) Funds: UWWC invests in nearly 100 Weld County agency programs using a number of strategies that assure decision-making is accountable and involves community volunteers and civic representation.
3) Collaborates: UWWC advances county-wide solutions by leading and participating in efforts that bring the community together for collaborative work. This includes leading in the Weld County Homeless Coalition, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, the Weld County Refugee Collaboration, disaster preparedness and response, and many other collaborative efforts.
4) Partners: UWWC catalyzes innovative, responsive, resource-maximizing partnerships to provide inter-agency programing. These partnerships include: Weld Project Connect, an annual event designed to pair residents with needed direct services; the UWWC AmeriCorps VISTA Project pairing local agencies with dedicated AmeriCorps volunteers; and RITE.