About Us

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

Our Mission
To strengthen lives by mobilizing the caring power of our communities.

Our Vision
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
Continuous Improvement

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. We believe in self-determination, local solutions, and accountability. 

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.