Valley of the Sun United Way envisions a community where every child, family and individual is healthy, has a safe place to live, and has every opportunity to succeed in school, in life and in work. As we work with our community, corporate and nonprofit partners to implement MC2026, our five-year plan for Mighty Change, we will put all of our efforts toward reaching bold goals for Maricopa County in Health, Housing and Homelessness, Education and Workforce Development.
We can’t beat today’s issues with yesterday’s thinking. Change demands bold new solutions. So, we’re redeploying our energies and realigning our resources and partners to drive Mighty Change in our community. Together, we tackle the systemic, interrelated issues that are holding us back to create more opportunity and access throughout the Valley. Progress will be tracked and reported annually, and we will change courses as needed to stay focused on the right programs and solutions to reach our goals.
Every dollar you donate stays in Maricopa County, invested into creating Mighty Change.
Since 1925, United Way has mobilized the caring power of individuals and organizations to improve lives and is the largest non-profit investor of health and human service programs in Maricopa County. We bring partners together from every sector – public, private, non-profit – to do what no single organization can do alone: create solutions that transform the lives of individuals and families and drive systemic change that impacts entire communities.
Our number one focus is to nimbly and effectively respond to, and develop solutions for, our Valley’s most pressing needs. Working with our community, corporate and nonprofit partners to achieve the goals of our five-year plan, MC2026, we will remove barriers to ensure everyone in our community is healthy, with a focus on access to food and healthcare. We will close opportunity gaps to ensure children read at grade level by 3rd grade and youth are prepared for educational success and employment. We will ensure all can have a safe home to call their own and we will open pathways to better paying jobs.
Research that helped to direct our five-year plan MC2026 confirmed that issues that existed before the pandemic are even more intense now and systemic racial, social, economic and educational inequities exist in every issue so equity must be part of every solution. Woven into each of the plan’s strategies is a focus on diversity, equity, access and inclusion. We've started this important work by looking inward first, and have developed a committee of staff and board to help assess and direct our work. That committee, with input from our community, will develop a plan for the most effective role Valley of the Sun United can play in building racial, economic, education and social equity in our community.
Together, we will be a force for Mighty Change. We invite you to join us.