About Us

We're not your grandfather's United Way.

We've changed our approach to become a needed force for change - right here in Greater Lorain County.

Traditionally, you've known United Way as simply a fundraising organization. But we're your United Way, and that means we listen. You told us that although we were effective, we could be making an even greater difference.

Now we strengthen the capacity for change in Greater Lorain County by organizing and supporting Community Collaboratives. We can't fix our community's most pressing challenges by going at it alone. By sharing resources and aligning our goals, we can transform Greater Lorain County into the place we all want it to be.

As an independent, private not-for-profit organization we are governed by our own board of directors that are committed to fulfilling the aspirations of its moral owners, the residents of Lorain County and Vermilion and Florence Townships in Erie County, Ohio.

We were granted our not-for-profit status under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code. We also meet or exceed all requirements established by the State of Ohio.

While we are our own organization, we proudly display the United Way logo as a member of over 1,400 affiliates of United Way Worldwide (UWW). With our sister organizations, we meet all the requirements of UWW and aspire to the highest level of the United Way Standards of Excellence. The most recent assessment of United Way of Greater Lorain County by community members, volunteers, board members and staff is attached to this report.

Although we are a member of the UWW network, the most recognizable and most successful philanthropy in the world, all resources under management by us are invested in our local community. In other words, the money that's raised here, stays here.

Our Mission

A catalyst for measurable community transformation, leading to a better life for all through collective impact in health, education, and financial stability.

Our Vision

Greater Lorain County is extraordinary. United Way of Greater Lorain County is engaged, inclusive and thriving. We support systems resulting in educational achievement, living wage employment, strong families and optimal health.

Our Values

United Way of Greater Lorain County is committed to integrity, inclusiveness, support, partnerships, innovation and accountability.