About Us

United Way of Tompkins County helps people meet their immediate, basic needs while creating lasting change by strengthening the three building blocks for a good life: education, financial stability and health.

EDUCATION: Children and youth succeed in school, work and life.
FINANCIAL STABILITY: Individuals and families have improved financial stability and self-sufficiency.
HEALTH: Children, seniors and adults have improved physical, emotional, and mental well-being.

United Way of Tompkins County's mission, vision, and values serve to guide us in efforts to positively impact the community.

Our mission statement:
To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

Our vision statement:
Working with others we will build an organization that...

  • Supports individuals in their efforts to live self-sufficient, productive lives,

  • Connects families with their communities,

  • Encourages diverse agencies and communities to engage each other to achieve mutual goals,

  • Models and expects dignity, fairness, and respect.

Our core values:

  • Integrity

  • Impact

  • Philanthropy

  • Inclusiveness

  • Synergy

  • Continuous Improvement

Volunteers serve lunch at GIAC during the 2014 Day of Action


Disability Statement
In order to address the needs of individuals with disabilities, United Way of Tompkins County is committed to working with local organizations in our community that provide opportunities for individuals with disabilities to lead fully inclusive lives. This applies to all programs across Education, Financial Stability, and Health. Your support for the United Way Community Care Fund help people with all abilities maximize their independence as fully engaged members of our community.