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About Us

History

In 1942, our community came together to raise nearly $25,000 to support four local agencies including United Way of York County. We continue to partner with two of those original agencies, American Red Cross and The Salvation Army. United Way of York County, SC was established in 2005 as a result of the merger of United Way of Fort Mill-Rock Hill-Tega Cay and Western York County United Way.

For 75 years, United Way of York County has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of your friends and neighbors. As the community has grown and changed, so have we. We not only raise funds for local programs, but we work with community partners to find long-term, strategic solutions to problems that send ripple effects across our region.

For a York County family, good health, a strong education and a steady job paying a living wage can be the difference between financial stability and instability. These three components -- education, financial stability and health -- are interlaced and mutually dependent. Our families are strong and our communities are vibrant when these components are cohesively working together.

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life:

  • a quality education that leads to a stable job
  • a stable job provides income to support a family through retirement
  • enough income supports a family's good health

That’s why each year the United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life:

  • Education – helping children and youth achieve their potential
  • Financial Stability – promoting financial stability and independence
  • Health – improving people’s health

Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.

Creating Change

Our goal at the United Way is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living United means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. Give. Advocate. Volunteer.

Corporate Sponsors

United Way of York County, SC also appreciates the support of our corporate sponsors. With their support, United Way is able to apply more funding directly to what matters most to our community. Please consider joining this important  program. To learn more about the Corporate Sponsorship Program and the benefits it could bring to your company, please contact Rebecca Melton at (803) 324-2735.

Diversity and Inculsion

Read our Diversity and Inclusion statement

Local Governance

Governed by a local, volunteer Board of Directors, United Way of York County, SC is locally operated and entirely independent of any other United Way organization. This allows our Board of Directors the freedom to create policies that are responsive to local needs and reflect the priorities and core values of the residents of York County.

Strategic Plan

In 2014 the United Way worked with The Weathers Group to conduct a Strategic Plan. This new plan will aid in the continued advancement of the United Way mission, allowing the United Way to better align services, leverage resources, and maximize collaborative opportunities.  A new community needs study will be done to determine the direction and focus United Way of York County will need to take in order to make the most impact on our community. View our Strategic Plan.

Mission Statement

United Way of York County transforms communities by offering opportunities which improve quality of life.

Vision

A community of healthy, educated and financially secure people.

View the most recent IRS form 990 for United Way of York County, SC.
Call us at (803) 324-2735 with any questions.