History

United Way of Whatcom County has worked for over 50 years impacting our community and connecting people to making a difference.  We are improving lives and building a stronger community where all children have the skills needed to succeed in school, where families are financially stable and independent, and where everyone has access to crucial healthcare services. The history of United Way is one of tremendous impact. In the past 10 years alone, we have invested more than $10 million in local services that make a lasting difference in the lives of people throughout Whatcom County.
 
No other single organization supports as many different services or is as effective in ensuring a stronger community for all.
 
Today’s United Way of Whatcom County continues to evolve to meet our ever changing community. We are taking a stand on important local issues and mobilizing our volunteers and agencies around a collective impact agenda. As a leader in building a stronger community, we focus on creating the building blocks for a good quality of life: Education, Income and Health.
 
We work year ‘round researching community issues and collaborating with our partners to ensure effective and efficient processes.  We make sure that donations to our Community Impact Fund are well-spent in support of programs that produce results. United Way measures results to ensure that we are moving the needle on our goals in Education, Income, and Health. We are working toward long-term solutions for a stronger community for all, not short-term fixes.
 
Our organization is also partnered with Project Homeles Connect, FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Program, Whatcom Asset Building Coalition, and much more. Looking for help in Whatcom County? Call 2-1-1, a toll-free hotline that provides information and referrals that link callers to services when they don’t know where to turn. You can also check out the "Help for Hard Times" area of our website for more information on services that are available here in Whatcom County.
 
An important premise of our work is that it is community-owned. Volunteers help us raise money for our Community Impact Fund through our unique workplace giving campaign, and volunteers help distribute our funds through our Fund Distribution Committee.  Anybody is welcome on this committee and can dedicate their time to learning more about issues affecting our community and have a say in how the funds are invested.
 
We all win when a child succeeds, when a neighborhood turns around, and when people are in good health. Studies show that one person helped is everybody helped and we have been able to see the affects of this ripple through our community to touch us all. Our impacts are due to the generous support of donors and volunteers. If you are already a donor or volunteer, thank you for being a vital part of United Way.  If not, I invite you to browse our Website to learn how you can get involved.
 

Please join us by giving, advocating, and volunteering in order to advance Education, Income, and Health for all. That's what it means to LIVE UNITED!

 
Peter Theisen
President/CEO

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