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Mission & Overview


United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities

around the world to advance the common good.


United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for all. Our vision is focused on education, financial stability and health - the building blocks for a good quality of life and strong community.

Click here to view our complete mission statement and value statements, or here to view our strategy map.

We are local.

Though part of a national network, we are autonomous, independent, and local. We live here, our kids go to school here, we work here – we know Frederick and have a vested interest in making it the very best place to live, work, and raise our families.

United Way of Frederick County strives to be a model of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and programs proudly reflect the Frederick County community, its many faces, cultures, and walks of life without regard to social or economic status, gender, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, and physical or mental disabilities.

We believe in people and possibilities.

We believe that everyone – regardless of where they started or ended up – should have the opportunity to be great. Sometimes the only thing a person needs in order to turn things around is the opportunity to do so.

When we invest in solutions, we invest in opportunities those solutions provide, and the people those opportunities empower.

We are on a mission to change lives forever in Frederick.

For more than 75 years, we have continually set and reached ambitious goals. In 2008, United Way Worldwide initiated a comprehensive program designed to achieve the following goals by 2018:

Improve education

and cut the number of high school dropouts — 1.2 million students every year— in half.

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Help people achieve financial stability

and get 1.9 million working families — half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable — on the road to economic independence.

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Promote healthy lifestyles

and increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.

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We bring together the entire community.

We unite the smartest minds, the biggest hearts, and the most hardworking hands in Frederick to tackle its toughest challenges. Corporate donors, community members, loyal volunteers, and individuals from philanthropic and community organizations make up our network of partners who work together to create measurable impact and lasting change. Our partners are committed to this work for the long haul, and so are we.

We invest in results.

Our goals are ambitious, but the remarkable progress we’ve made proves that anything is attainable when we unite. Check out just a few of the amazing accomplishments from the past two years alone:

Click here to see more of the impact United Way has made and is making in Frederick.

We are committed partners.

We are responsible and efficient stewards of our donors’ dollars, and we respectfully challenge and support our grantees in serving the needs of their clients and achieving their visions and goals. We build trusting relationships and practice mutual accountability.

We care.

Sure, numbers are important but what really matters are human beings. Because at the end of the day, the stories of our neighbors are our stories. Read the stories of individuals whose lives have been transformed thanks to United Way investments.

How can you help?

Behind all our work, all our successes, there are people — people like you who are willing to do what they can to bring change to Frederick. With you on our team, we can reach our goal of a better future for Frederick. Explore all the ways you can get involved.



In 1887, a priest, two ministers, and a rabbi got together in Denver. Sound like a joke? Maybe, but their impact was anything but laughable. Recognizing the need for cooperative action to fix their city's welfare problems, they raised $21,700 in a single year and created an organization that would become a movement. It spread throughout the country and the world, becoming what is today known as the United Way. In 1938, the movement came to Frederick County and, for more than 75 years, it has remained the prime driver of positive change in our community. Read more about the history of United Way!