United Way makes it easy for people to get involved in helping the community: people can give, advocate, and volunteer. LIVE UNITED is an invitation to get involved in our community through United Way.
Our Mission: Building a stronger community by creating opportunities to give, advocate, and volunteer.
Our Vision: We value accountability, engagement, partnership, and collaboration.
United Way is an organization that raises and distributes funds and connects volunteers to help people in Waukesha County. We operate with a full-time staff of ten and two part-time staff.
United Way funds 62 programs provided by 31 partner agencies that help people with immediate and short-term needs. And we take on issues too big for any one organization to address alone through collaborations with schools, government policy makers, businesses, organized labor, financial institutions, and community development corporations.
United Way supports programs in three impact areas: Education, Income, and Health. United Way also supports initiatives that identify and address root causes of community-wide problems.
All United Way’s activities – Board of Directors, Allocations, Campaign, Marketing, and Operations – are governed by volunteers. United Way focuses on results. For example, United Way volunteers and staff do not simply monitor how many clients were served in a homeless shelter in a year. They look for results on how many clients were able to obtain permanent housing after six months of being in a shelter.
United Way in Waukesha County is an efficient and effective organization. More than 85 cents of every dollar donated is invested back into the community (14.7 % overhead). This figure compares favorably with the suggested Better Business Bureau guidelines of up to 35% for overhead costs.