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About Us

United Way Mission

We improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good.


  • Ignite a community-wide social movement, and thereby mobilize thousands to action – to volunteer, advocate and give to improve the conditions in which we live.
  • Motivate and connect all sectors of our community – individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and governments – to create long-term social change that produces well-educated, financially stable and healthy individuals and families.
  • Raise, invest and leverage $1.35 million annually in philanthropic contributions to create and support innovative programs and approaches to generate sustained community impact.
  • Hold ourselves accountable to this cause through our steadfast commitment to continually measure – in real terms – improvement in Academic Success, Health & Independence, a Ready Workforce, and Self Sufficiency.

We invest in 39 community-based programs that align with these priorities. Funding decisions are made locally by a team of 45 volunteers from all walks of life and approved by the Board of Directors. For every dollar donated, $0.85 is returned to the community in programming and 100% of every donation remains in Southern Chautauqua County.

Our History

Organized as the Jamestown Community Chest in 1920, we have evolved to become a leader in human service program development. From the first campaign that raised just over $92,000 in the 1920's, to today's campaigns that raise over $1.35 million annually, we continue our commitment to Southern Chautauqua County by responding to the most critical needs of our community.