Mission, Goals, & History
United Way is the best way to help the most people by investing in programs that are working on critical community problems and showing results. United Way supports a web of agencies working together and bringing people together to share and think creatively to solve community issues.
By supporting the agencies that are important to the vision of Chatham County residents, we remain focused on what matters!
Recognizing the dignity and importance of every resident of Chatham County, we envision a community that is committed to improving the quality of life of all its people.
The mission of the United Way of Chatham County is to increase the financial and human resources available for providing human care services to county residents.
Fundraising: Increase total fundraising revenues at a greater rate than the growth in local human service needs.
Fund Distribution: Provide funding and other forms of assistance to local human service programs and special projects; evaluate program administration and results.
Community Problem-Solving: Sponsor initiatives that identify and address high priority human service needs; utilize the resulting data and recommendations in the UWCC planning process.
Year Round Communications: Inform the entire community, on a continuing basis, about the United Way and the programs it funds.
Inclusiveness: In all we do, strive to include people from all parts of the county and all economic and social backgrounds.
In November of 1983, the Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center and the Council on Aging submitted a request to several Research Triangle Park businesses holding United Way campaigns to allow employees to designate contributions to Chatham County. An open letter was sent to Chatham residents requesting that pledge designations be made to Chatham County agencies.
From that effort, two thousand dollars was raised and distributed to seven agencies. In 1985, a committee composed of local citizens organized to draft an agreement with United Way of Wake County and to establish a tentative Board of Directors. Strong support from Fearrington Village and Carolina Meadows, plus corporate support from Allied, Carolina Power & Light and Kayser-Roth Corporation helped the campaign reach the $45,000 goal.
With continued growth, by 1997 the campaign goal reached $400,000 and the United Way of Chatham County was serving twenty two member agencies. Today, our campaign goal is $611,530. The United Way of Chatham County currently funds 15 local agencies that serve over 40,000 county residents!