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LEADING, SUPPORTING, INVESTING

United Way of Pierce County invests in children and their families. By focusing on programs that help young children and their families, we can remove the barriers preventing them from breaking the cycle of poverty. Through Strong Families and Successful Kids, we can create a thriving and connected community.
 

OUR MISSION

United Way of Pierce County works from the heart to unite caring people to tackle our community’s toughest challenges. We lead, support and invest in community efforts to ensure all our children are prepared to succeed in school and in life.

To achieve meaningful and measureable improvements, we:

- Lead collaboratively,

- Raise, leverage and invest funds strategically,

- Advocate effectively,

- Engage and inspire volunteers.
 

OUR VISION

A compassionate, vital community where people have the education, resources and opportunities to achieve their potential.
 

OUR GOALS

By 2024, United Way of Pierce County will, in collaboration with community partners, break the cycle of poverty by removing barriers and focusing on long-term solutions.
 
Ensure a Strong Start for Kids: Increase the number of low-income children ready for kindergarten from 44 percent to 90 percent.
 
Ensure Success in the Early Grades: Increase the number of low-income children reading at grade level by the end of third grade from 75 percent to 90 percent.
 
Build Strong Families: Increase the number of low-income families that are financially stable by 4,000.
 
Meet Basic Needs of families and individuals of Pierce County through investments in food, housing and other essentials.

HOW DO WE DO THIS?

Poverty is a complex issue. To break the cycle of poverty in Pierce County, it is going to take all of us!
 
YOU - Donating, advocating and volunteering to break the cycle of poverty.
UNITED WAY STAFF  - Lending our expertise in volunteerism, data collection and analysis, evaluation and capacity building, early childhood education and more.
FUNDED NONPROFIT PARTNERS - Collaborating to share best practices and create community-wide solutions.
CORPORATIONS & SMALL BUSINESS - Investing time and money into the communities that need us the most.
VOLUNTEERS - Lending a hand to communities in need through mentoring, cleaning up neighborhoods, coaching and more.
COMMUNITY MEMBERS - Empowering themselves with the skills and resources they need to thrive!
LOCAL AND STATE GOVERNMENT & PUBLIC SERVICE AGENCIES - Working together on critical legislation and public policy.
 
We invite you to join us in this important work. Whether you’re a donor, volunteer, or advocate, you are LIVING UNITED. And great things happen when we LIVE UNITED.