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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

    For more than 100 years, the United Way of Wyoming Valley has sought to strengthen our community and help those in need. Led by a volunteer Board of Directors, we are deeply committed to our mission and continuously seek to ensure that we use our resources in the most impactful way.

    We believe diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the heart of what it means to LIVE UNITED. As such, every person is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect. We value the uniqueness of every individual, the importance of community, and the power of the collective good.

    The United Way of Wyoming Valley does not discriminate against others based on, but not limited to, race, national origin, creed, color, religious belief, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender, or gender identity. We recognize that throughout our nation’s history, however, structural racism, ethnic discrimination, and other forms of oppression have contributed to racial disparities and other inequities that have marginalized certain populations. We denounce racism and ethnic discrimination, sexism, prejudice, and injustice in all forms.

    The United Way of Wyoming Valley will continue to uphold these values and beliefs in pursuit of our mission and service to our community. They will guide our practices and policies that govern employment, volunteerism, funding decisions, service delivery, as well as our relationships with donors, partners, and the community.

  • 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.