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About The United Way of Wyoming Valley

Our staff is a passionate group of professionals, deeply committed to reducing childhood poverty and improving life for all who live in our area.

United Way brings people together from all across the community: government, businesses, faith groups, non-profits, the labor movement, and ordinary citizens – to tackle issues mattering most to all of us – producing positive and meaningful results.

United Way operates on a system based on the principle that UNITED; we are stronger than we can ever be alone. Our goal is to create long-lasting changes that improve lives, which can only be done by working together.

Thanks to the efforts of countless volunteers, our partner agencies, and the work of our special initiatives: the Poverty to Possibility movement, aimed at reducing the soaring level of childhood poverty in the Wyoming Valley, Success by 6® Program, and the Regional HIV/AIDS Contractor - together, we are improving the quality of life for individuals and families in the Wyoming Valley.

United Way is the most proactive way to create opportunities for a better tomorrow. That's how we LIVE UNITED in the Wyoming Valley.


United Way of Wyoming Valley boxing food for families in need.

"Poverty impacts educational achievement, workforce readiness, healthcare, crime and safety, social service need, government funding and regional economic development. Young children do not choose their parents nor do they choose to grow up in poverty. Yet, for more than one in every four children under the age of 18 in Luzerne County, poverty is a very real issue. We need to work harder and differently to help families with young children find pathways out of poverty."

Bill Jones
Bill Jones, President and CEO

today. tomorrow. forever.
  • Mission

    United Way volunteers United Way volunteer reading to children United Way volunteers Dodson Elementary - Every Day Counts poster contest

    The United Way of Wyoming Valley is a nonprofit whose mission is to bring together individuals and businesses in our area, help them invest in our community and in turn, make it stronger. One third of all children under age 5 in Luzerne County is growing up below the poverty line. It doesn't get much better for all youngsters under age 18; nearly 25.3 per cent of them live in poverty. Our goal is to reduce those statistics, by creating a movement that engages all of us to bring passion, creativity, and philanthropy to the fight against childhood poverty. Please join us!

  • Our History

    People helping people is the premise upon which United Way was founded on in 1921; when United Way of Wyoming Valley first began serving residents of our community. As the area has grown and changed, so have we, working hard to meet existing needs in local neighborhoods.

    United Way builds relationships with caring, concerned members of a community by pooling resources to lend a helping hand to those in need.

  • Our Statement on Diversity and Inclusiveness

    The United Way of Wyoming Valley is continuously seeking to deliver impact and maintain high quality service to our donors and community. As such, the United Way of Wyoming Valley places high value on the concept of diversity and is committed to inclusiveness.

    Lead by a volunteer Board of Directors and the senior management team, the United Way of Wyoming Valley values the uniqueness of the individual, the power of the collective good and the importance of community. We promote a climate of inclusiveness that welcomes, understands and respects the diversity of our clients, donors, staff, volunteers, agencies and community partners. Dimensions of diversity include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, cultural orientation, national origin, language, religious belief, disability, gender and age.

    United Way of Wyoming Valley is committed to incorporating practices that enhance inclusiveness and diversity into all areas of activity, including the recruitment and retention of staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds. It is through these efforts, awareness and training that the United Way of Wyoming Valley will address the needs of the community we serve and advance the common good for all.

  • Financial Statements

    Review the audited financial statements reflecting United Way of Wyoming Valley's statements of financial position and statements of activities for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020.

    United Way of Wyoming Valley's Current Financial Statement: VIEW PDF
    United Way of Wyoming Valley's Current 990 Form: VIEW PDF

  • Additional Information

    We are a volunteer-driven organization raising and distributing funds for community needs. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, special events, corporate and planned giving programs, and individual gifts.

    To learn more about our campaign efforts, CLICK HERE.

    United Way is more than a fundraising organization. We aim to build and maintain human support structures that create healthier and stronger communities. After taking into careful consideration all of the needs of the community, funds are allocated to specific programs. The review process operates on a strict system of checks and balances.

    To learn more about what we do, CLICK HERE.