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.
With the mission of “Building a stronger community by creating opportunities to give, advocate, and volunteer.” United Way in Waukesha County works to create lasting changes in community conditions.
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. In 2010, United Way benefited from an estimated 8,314 hours of time from 1,329 volunteers in program services and fundraising activities for an estimated $173,347 value of time.
United Way funds 67 programs provided by 33 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: Meeting Basic Needs, Developing Self-Reliance and Strengthening Community. United Way also supports initiatives that identify and address root causes of community-wide problems. To learn more about United Way's investments, click here.
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.