United Way's Mission
We mobilize the community to help every person and family improve their lives.
TO DO THIS WE WILL…
- Ignite a community-wide social movement, and thereby mobilize thousands to action – to volunteer, advocate and give to improve the conditions in which we live.
- Motivate and connect all sectors of our community – individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and governments – to create long-term social change that produces well-educated, financially stable and healthy individuals and families.
- Raise, invest and leverage $1.35 million annually in philanthropic contributions to create and support innovative programs and approaches to generate sustained community impact.
- Hold ourselves accountable to this cause through our steadfast commitment to continually measure – in real terms – improvement in Academic Success, Health & Independence, a Ready Workforce, and Self Sufficiency.
We invest in 42 community-based programs that align with these priorities. Funding decisions are made locally by a team of 60 volunteers from all walks of life and approved by the Board of Directors. For every dollar donated, $0.85 is returned to the community in programming and 100% of every donation remains in Southern Chautauqua County.
Organized as the Jamestown Community Chest in 1920, we have evolved to become a leader in human service program development. From the first campaign that raised just over $92,000 in the 1920's, to today's campaigns that raise over $1.35 million annually, we continue our commitment to Southern Chautauqua County by responding to the most critical needs of our community.