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Mission & Overview


United Way of Frederick County improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of the Frederick County community to advance the common good.


United Way of Frederick County envisions a community where all individuals and families acheive their potential through healthy lives, education and financial stability.

Local Decisions Made in Frederick County for Frederick County.

Though part of a strong national network, United Way of Frederick County (UWFC) is autonomous, independent, and local. Its leaders and supporters live in Frederick County and have a vested interest in making it the very best place to live, work, and raise families.

United Way of Frederick County strives to be a model of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The 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, gender identification, ethnicity, religion, age, sexual orientation, and physical or mental disabilities.

Belief in people and possibilities.

United Way of Frederick County believes 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.  Through investment in evidence-based solutions, UWFC invests in the outcomes those solutions provide and, in turn, the people the new opportunities enable.

A history of improving lives in Frederick County.

For over 80 years, United Way of Frederick County has been fighting for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the Frederick County community. 

In the 2017, UWFC released the ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) Report which demonstrates that approximately over one-third of Frederick County households can no longer afford to live in Frederick County.  UWFC's investments and programs are aligned to support and increase health, education and financial stability of ALICE households.

Bringing together the entire community.

United Way of Frederick County unites the smartest minds, the biggest hearts, and the hardest working hands in Frederick County to tackle its toughest challenges. Corporate donors, community members, loyal volunteers, and individuals from philanthropic and community organizations make up a network of strategic partners who work together to create measurable impact and lasting change.

Investing in results.

United Way of Frederick County's goals are ambitious, but significant progress is being made in identifying households in need (see ALICE Report) and deploying financial, volunteer and advocacy resources to support them. For detail on results being made, please see the Annual Reports.