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Mission & History

About the United Way of York County

Mission:  To improve people’s lives by building a strong community through cultivating financial generosity, volunteerism and civic engagement.

For over 95 years, United Way of York County has worked in the York County community to improve people’s lives. It began as The York Welfare Federation, an organization that raised funds on behalf of 17 member agencies.  Today, as the United Way of York County, the mission of raising community funds remains the same, but the strategies have broadened 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 Community Fund, United Way is able to invest those dollars into 69 programs supported by 36 Partner Agencies.  These programs address human services needs across three Focus Areas: Education, Health, and Financial Stability.  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


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 stated mission and values.


We are prudent stewards of United Way of York County's resources, responsible to our donors, member organizations and community.  Our financial and outcome reporting meet or exceed operational and governance standards and enhance transparency to the donors and communities we serve.

Operational Excellence

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


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


Within United Way of York County, 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.