Our Mission & Vision

Valley United Way is a leading philanthropic organization serving the towns of Ansonia, Derby, Oxford, Seymour, and Shelton.

Our Mission

To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community through philanthropy, volunteerism, and collaboration.

Our Goal

Improve the quality of life for people living and working in the Valley by funding programs and organizations that make a measurable difference.

Our Purpose

To raise, invest, and leverage funds annually to help support health & human service organizations whose work benefits those living in our five Valley towns.

We focus our efforts on preparing youth to succeed, strengthening families, and helping people in crisis. We pride ourselves on our initiative to collaborate with all sectors of society (individual, business, non-profit, and government) to create long-term social change that produces healthy, educated, and financially stable individuals and families.

Although United Way is an internationally recognized brand, each United Way office is completely local. All of the money raised by Valley United Way stays right in our local community.

We hold ourselves accountable for the dollars raised and the causes that these dollars are invested in the fields of income, education, and health by utilizing a team of highly skilled volunteers to allocate funding where it is needed most in the community.

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Statement


Valley United Way recognizes structural racism, ethnic discrimination and other forms of oppression have contributed to racial disparities that have existed in the past and persist in the present. We acknowledge those inequities are the result of systems, policies and practices that unfairly disadvantaged some people while providing an advantage to others in our communities.

We unequivocally denounce racism and ethnic discrimination in all forms, and are committed to building a future of greater opportunity and true equity for all people living in our communities. We act by working together with all community members to eliminate the barriers that have impeded the equality that all people deserve.  Together, we co-create solutions that provide resources, support, opportunities and networks to facilitate change in our communities.

Valley United Way is committed to taking positive action to fight structural racism and ethnic discrimination; holding ourselves and our community partners accountable; advocating for social justice; elevating community voice; engaging in further training to address our biases; and, practicing the change we seek to realize with a vision of a more equitable future for all.

Adopted by the Valley United Way Board of Directors, 6/30/21. 


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