In 2014, Orange County United Way launched FACE 2024, a 10-year collaborative, communitywide action plan to create a positive future for the next generation.

Our plan focuses on long-term solutions to the most critical challenges facing Orange County children and families. To create a stronger community with healthy families, everyone must have access to a quality Education, a sustainable Income, better Health and stable Housing—the building blocks for a good quality of life.

Creating A Better Future For The Next Generation

By 2024, working as a united community, we are laser focused on accomplishing four specific goals:

Education

Cut the High School dropout rate in half

Income

Reduce the percentage of financially unstable families by 25%

Health

Increase the number of healthy children by one-third

Housing

Cut the number of homeless and housing insecure children in half

Moving The Needle

FACE 2024 sets the strategy to move the needle on the issues confronting our community, thereby transforming the lives of our children and families by:

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Funding innovative programs that support community-wide goals

Advocating for the voiceless to ensure policy and program improvement

Collaborating with those who have the passion, expertise and resources to drive change

Educating businesses, community leaders and the public on critical local issues

It’s our most current community snapshot highlighting how, by working together, we are bringing about significant change here in Orange County.

Orange County United Way is working to make the biggest possible impact in reaching four major communitywide goals, one in each of the necessary building blocks. Education, income, health  and housing are the building blocks for a good life. Remove any one, and the other three topple. Build them all up, and we have a foundation for a strong community. We continually monitor our progress and provide updates as new data is available.

Become a Change Agent by Investing in Your Community

  • In 2014, Orange County United Way helped change the story for 293,052 people in our community
  • Early childhood education: More than 1,800 children completed early grade reading programs to ensure kids are reading by 3rd grade
  • College readiness: 26,000 high school students enrolled in Destination Graduation, inspiring at-risk youth to finish high school on-time
  • Financial literacy: 17,000+ individuals and families realized tax credits, while 300+ adults learned how to reduce their debt, increase assets for greater financial stability
  • Healthy children: 18,000+ children and their families are benefitting from better physical and nutritional opportunities, and 131,000 residents now have access to quality healthcare
  • Home for good: Dozens of homeless children and families were placed into affordable housing and rapid rehousing programs, on a path to stable housing

When you give to United Way, your investment stays here and works in our community to address the most pressing issues we face. And we not only meet today’s needs, we are working on solutions for lasting change—to change the FACE of Orange County.

Success Stories

Claire Face 2024

I was able to start a new life for my son and me after leaving a very bad situation. I had been out of the job market for a while—I had legal issues and was without hope or a home. I regained self-sufficiency and my sense of purpose and today, my family and I are thriving and have a home at last.

— Claire
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