Improving lives by mobilizing communities to make lasting changes in community conditions.
There are basic things that we all need for a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable career, income that can support a family through retirement, and good health. United Way is focused on the building blocks for a better life:
EDUCATION — Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential
INCOME — Promoting Financial Stability and Independence
HEALTH — Improving People’s Health
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ASPIRE To Go The Distance
UWNA Community Aspires
$1.5 Million Campaign Goal
Nearly 300 community partners joined United Way of Northern Arizona at the Campaign Kickoff hosted at Little America Hotel September 17th. Jill Briggs, President and CEO of United Way of Northern Arizona (UWNA) defined areas of focus as Education, Income and Health. "It's important that we stay focused on keeping our community healthy, increasing the quality of our children's education and raising local income levels so that everyone is able to achieve their full potential."
Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics at Northern Arizona University, Lisa Campos was this year’s keynote speaker. Her personal story about going the distance and never giving up even when faced with challenges was the inspirational message she shared while encouraging support for this year’s campaign.
Enthusiastic leaders of this year’s 'Go The Distance' campaign are Stacey Button, City of Flagstaff Economic Vitality Director and Heidi Hansen, Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau Director with the goal of raising $1.5 million dollars to create long-term positive change in our community.
Contributors of $500 or more are considered Summit Society members and Gene and Molly Munger are this year's co-chairs of this prestigious and generous group of donors. Currently, nearly 400 Summit Society members have contributed to this year’s campaign with a goal of largely increasing the number of Summit Society members for even greater impact.
Kicking off this year’s campaign are twenty-eight Pacesetter businesses that have raised nearly $183,000 towards this year’s goal. 1899 Bar and Grill, APS, Arizona Daily Sun, Autos Unlimited by Gus, Catholic Charties, City of Flagstaff Leadership Team, Civic Service Institute at NAU, Coco's Restaurant, Flagstaff Extreme, Flagstaff Face and Body, Fairfield Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Sonesta ES Suites, Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona, Kinney Construction Services, Linton Real Estate, Nestle Purina, Picazzo's, SCA Tissue, Starlite Lanes, Tanning Time Salon & Boutique, Taverna Greek Grill, The Guidance Center, High Country Conference Center, UWNA Board of Directors, UWNA Staff are leading the campaign charge.
The impact of United Ways initiatives, priorities and goals have amounted to great community success and supporting this year’s campaign will continue to advance the common good of our community.
Through EDUCATION, United Way aspires to help every young person receive a quality education that leads to career success. Early years are especially important. United Way partnerships provide literacy coaching and parenting education for childcare providers, monthly books for children from birth through age five and KinderCamp summer transition program for high risk pre-kindergarteners. Studies show that KinderCamp students gain skills that place them on equal footing with their more advantaged peers.
With focus on INCOME, United Way aspires to help every family earn a livable wage that allows them to pay bills today and save for tomorrow. Last year United Way of Northern Arizona VITA helped 2,306 households file FREE income tax returns, generating $3.3 million in total refunds and $1.2 million in Earned Income Tax Credits to local families. United Way partnerships reduce individual debt, generate new jobs and businesses, and offer employment opportunities for youth.
United Way HEALTH initiatives aspire to help every child and adult live a healthy and thriving life. Good nutrition, safe shelter, strategies to prevent diabetes and obesity, and treatment for physical and mental disabilities are essentials to good health in our community. United Way of Northern Arizona partnerships provide shelter and no-fee medical clinic visits to the homeless; diabetes management and low or no cost medications to low income individuals; residential, vocational and educational services to the developmentally disabled; hot meals for those who are hungry, and disaster recovery assistance.Through collaborative efforts that serve local youth, low-income and special needs individuals in our community, those who give, advocate and volunteer alongside United Way of Northern Arizona are truly helping each other transform lives, right here in our community.
How You Can Help
There are two ways you can help the victims and first responders to Arizona disasters through the United Way of Northern Arizona (UWNA). You can make a monetary contribution, or register as a volunteer through UWNA. Monetary donations can be made by check, cash or credit card. These donations will be used towards supporting disaster relief efforts in Northern Arizona. Cash and check donations can be dropped off or mailed to the UWNA office at 1515 E. Cedar Ave, Suite D1. Please include "Disaster Relief" in the memo line of all checks. For credit card donations please click the "Donate Now" button to the left of this message. Please be sure to select "Disaster Relief" from the designation menu. UWNA uses 100% of all disaster donations in support of disaster relief operations.
You can also help by signing up as a volunteer. Please complete our volunteer application form. Be sure to include any special trainings, skills, or resources you may have.
You can also text UWNA to 95577 to sign up for text message alerts on volunteer opportunities.
On behalf of all that will be assisted in their time of need, thank you for your generosity!
UWNA Offers New MyFreeTaxes Service
United Way of Northern Arizona offers Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) to help low and moderate income individuals and families with free tax return preparation. Households with incomes of $57,000 or less may now access this free service online. File state and federal tax returns at no cost, using the MyFree Taxes link. Free online help is available when questions and issues arise. Since 2009, more than 4.5 million families have used MyFreeTaxes to file their state and federal tax returns at no cost.