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.
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.
Remove barriers to ensure everyone in our community is healthy, with a focus on access to food and healthcare.
Housing and Homelessness
Ensure all can have a safe home to call their own.
Close opportunity gaps to ensure children read at grade level by 3rd grade and youth are prepared for educational success and employment.
Open pathways to better paying jobs.
View MC2026, our five-year impact plan.
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.
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.