Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.
United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living United means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future.
United Way Board 2017-2018
Ellen Beyers, President
Donna Podeschi, Vice-President
Desiree Becker, Secretary/Treasurer
Ashley Basso, Past President
Joni Beyers, Member-at-Large
Susan Lawrence, Executive Director
United Way of Christian County (UWOCC) is independently governed by a local volunteer board, in order to best meet our local needs and opportunities. We must, however, adhere to a stringent set of membership standards that focus on governance, ethics, financial management, and general operations.
UWOCC brings together citizens, community leaders, businesses, the faith community, government, non-profit organizations and other institutions to determine the most critical human issues that require collective, not just individual, action. These issues range from basic human needs – like food, shelter and emergency assistance – to emerging and growing issues like the need for services and support for seniors, and positive youth development.
UWOCC then raises money locally in an annual campaign, generates other revenue outside of the campaign, secures non-cash in-kind resources, and advocates for sound public policy, along with employing other relevant strategies in order to produce concrete results.
UWOCC Board of Directors, after serious and deliberate consideration of each agency’s application for funds and a recommendation by the Allocation Committee, invest resources in non-profit agencies serving Christian County that provide basic human needs, medical emergency or disaster relief, and other benefits that help nurture our youth and enable our seniors to live independently.
United Way is one of the few remaining not-for-profit vehicles to pool investments in order to create a greater return on the individual investment. As an investor, you should view United Way as a key strategic partner in achieving your philanthropic aspirations. United Way can connect your aspirations to need and opportunity. Whether your interest is youth development, services that assist people with physical disabilities or the work of a single non-profit organization, United Way has the capacity and breadth to make your investment more powerful.
The measure of a community is how well it treats those with the least. The health and prosperity of a community begins with how it develops its human capital. Economic success over the long haul is not possible or sustainable without human success. There is no organization more focused or successful as it relates to human success at a community level than United Way.
Our promise to you is that we will invest in the efforts that get the greatest results. We will evaluate and reward results, not just effort. We will govern ourselves at the highest degree of accountability and transparency. And, finally, we pledge to remain one of the most efficient non-profit organizations in the world, working to put the maximum amount of resources into the work that changes peoples’ lives and communities.
There are great non-profit organizations in which to invest. Your investment in United Way is unique because of our ability to mobilize resources, individuals, and institutions in a combined effort. Leveraging our relationships with such a diverse group of players produces greater results for you. When you combine your resources and effort with others you can change entire communities, which in turn produce results for you individually.