Our approach is unique because we understand that our community’s most critical issues are inter-related. And we believe that tackling them with an interconnected approach will result in substantial and sustainable change. To ensure that all children are successful in school, we must do more. They also need healthier food and stable home to excel. Assisting residents to find jobs may not be enough; we must also do more to help parents earn an income that will support a family in Orange County.
We’re Doing More™ for Orange County
Orange County United Way is a stand-alone, independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The money we raise goes right back into one of our Community Impact programs right here in Orange County.
In fact, we:
- Execute over 50 Community Impact programs throughout the county.
- Empower volunteers to contribute over 27,000 hours annually.
- Improve the lives of over 750,000 OC residents; that is 1 in 4 of the people who live in Orange County.
Our Strategic Plan—FACE 2024
As a results-oriented nonprofit, we view our mission as one of change, not charity.
We have challenged ourselves to achieve some very bold goals by 2024. Our FACE 2024 strategic plan—a 10-year collaborative, communitywide action plan—will change the future for the next generation of our residents.
Changing the odds for our youth through programs to ensure they graduate and reach adulthood prepared for well-paying jobs
Ending the cycle of generational poverty by providing money management tools, coaching and access to related social service resources
Improving standards of health for children and families, so they can enjoy greater life expectancies and contribute to our vibrant community
Raising hope and reducing homelessness in Orange County by assisting families in finding stable, permanent housing
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Orange County United Way stands for equity and justice. Together with our stakeholders, we work actively and collaboratively to ensure inclusive opportunities and non-discriminatory access to education, health, financial security, and housing for every person in our community. We envision an inclusive, responsive, and equitable Orange County.
To this end, Orange County United Way will intentionally and explicitly focus on removing barriers for those most harmed by them. To fully achieve this, we must understand and address the underlying factors that impede our progress. We will challenge practices based on racism, sexism, and other historical, systemic, and current forms of discrimination to create more inclusive communities. Together, we will intentionally and actively address all inequities.
This is a tale of two counties with serious economic and social consequences that affect each and every resident, if we do not move the needle in the right direction. I believe that United Way can change the face of Orange County, but we need your help.
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