Today’s Orange County United Way is committed to leading the fight for equity by removing barriers, closing gaps, and leveling the playing field for everyone who lives here. More than a fundraiser, we’re hands-on, delivering more than 50 programs countywide to improve lives in our community. Every day we are doing more for the Education, Health, Housing, and Financial Stability of people in Orange County. We are working to ensure our students succeed, our struggling families find financial security, and our homeless neighbors find a place to call home.
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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