Activating solutions for every child, individual, and family in Maricopa County.
Since 1925, Valley of the Sun United Way has unified diverse partners, donors, businesses, nonprofits, government, and faith-based communities to build a stronger Valley for us all. United Way belongs to our community, so we seek community input on the most pressing issues, then we bring people, organizations and companies together to proactively solve them. Right now, many people seek trustworthy insights and information AND they want to help, but they don’t know how. United Way makes it simple for people and organizations to be part of the solution; to come together to take ACTION.
October marks our 95th anniversary serving Maricopa County. As the ripple effects of the pandemic continue to unfold in ways none of us could have imagined, we’re going back to our roots by nimbly responding to the fast-changing and evolving needs of families and individuals in our community and the non-profits and schools that serve them.
#1 We’ll continue to address the immediate needs of families and individuals, focusing on hunger, housing and homelessness, financial stability, education and out of school time, and the ongoing/emerging needs of our neighbors.
#2 Address the social, economic, education and racial inequities that have become so clear and have increased with this pandemic. For example, we’ll work with
partners to address the digital divide and so that every student in the Valley has equal access to a quality education whether that’s at home or in a physical
classroom. We’re exploring how United Way might support equal access to quality health care, job training, addressing systemic racism and other community needs
as they emerge.
#3 We’ll re-engage our community-centered planning process to develop longterm solutions to the issues our community tells us are most vital.
By working with partners to address the digital divide, we ensure every student in the Valley has equal access to a quality education whether that’s at home or in a physical classroom.
United, we help hard-working families achieve stability and success.
By partnering with leaders and residents in local communities, we can build long-term solutions to the emerging issues our community tells us are most vital.
Families and individuals served by A New Leaf represent populations who are the most vulnerable to the social and economic implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Early literacy efforts and resources that are making a difference during the pandemic.
In response to the COVID-19 health crisis and school closures, United Way is pivoting to a 1:1 model of delivery for Vello that will provide children with virtual 1:1 reading sessions from home or on individual devices at school.
With the support of hundreds of volunteers, Valley of the Sun United Way’s Project Connect program has helped those who are experiencing, or on the brink of, homelessness. Since this program’s inception in 2008, Project Connect has served more than 22,000.
Valley of the Sun United Way will continue to provide relief for our Maricopa County neighbors struggling in these areas, respond to emerging needs, address racial, social, economic and educational inequities, and when the time is right, help our community rebuild.