What We Do
The mission of United Way of the Midlands is simple: We unite people and resources to improve the quality of life in the Midlands.
United Way of the Midlands will be the collaborator and trusted community problem solver. In that role, we will work to understand the needs of our community and then put programs in place to address those needs.
Excellence: We perform with excellence in word and deeds at all times.
Responsiveness: We listen and respond to the needs of the community.
Leadership: We initiate catalytic leadership for community building to effect positive change.
Integrity: We act with integrity that inspires the highest trust.
Impact: We make a positive difference and have a measurable impact.
Volunteerism: We are relevant and impactful through the spirit of volunteerism.
Openness: We are accessible to all interested in participating in or examining our involvement in impacting the community.
Collaboration: We are committed to a group process to reach common goals that cannot be reached through the efforts of individuals or organizations acting alone.
We work to determine and respond to the critical human service needs of the community. Community volunteers in three councils focused on Education, Financial Stability and Health develop and review a community-wide needs assessment to determine key issues in the community.
Based on priorities, opportunities and resources, the councils offer competitive grants to partner agencies who best address the need. Occasionally, United Way of the Midlands sponsors initiatives to implement large scale solutions. Funds are raised through a workplace campaign, grant writing and private, individual donations. Our work is achieved by a four-part process:
- Determining community needs
- Prioritizing community needs
- Developing community resources
- Distributing community resources
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