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Diversity and Equal Opportunity

United Way of Perry County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principle of diversity.  We therefore:

  • Value, champion, and embrace diversity in all aspects of United Way of Perry County in full compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Support equal employment opportunity programs throughout United Way of Perry County.
  • Refuse to engage in any form of improper discrimination or harassment.
United Way comes to Perry County
In the early 1970's the local Jaycee organization saw the need for a coordinated fundraising campaign to benefit community organizations. They initiated the establishment of the United Way of Perry County which was incorporated on August 14, 1973.  Several of the Jaycee members served on the first board to provide leadership and guidance. It was strictly a volunteer run organization whose goal was to “bring together, in a united appeal, all possible campaigns of community-related health, welfare, and character building, including local, state, and national service organizations.”  

In 1991, United Way of Perry County hired its first part time staff member and established an office through a grant from the Indiana Association of United Ways.In 2008, United Way of Perry County expanded its services to Crawford County by providing fiscal and guidance in fundraising and grantmaking.  Executive Director, Rebecca Fenn, travels periodically to Crawford County to meet with the volunteer Advisory Council.
Creating Opportunites for a Better Life for All

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

That’s why United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life:

  • Education – Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential
  • Income – Promoting Financial Stability and Independence
  • Health – Improving People’s Health

Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, and when people are healthy.

United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living United means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. 

Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.


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Happy 125th Birthday, United Way!

Recognizing their city welfare problems and the need for cooperative action, four Denver clergymen got together to work out a plan for the nonprofit organizations in their city and in 1887, the Charity Organization Society (COS) was launched.  They carried out a unified fundraising effort that raised $21,700 for 22 agencies...and thus the United Way movement was born!

After more than two decades, the COS movement had grown to the point where there was a need to organize a true charitable financial federation.  The new organization was named the Community Chest, launched on March 1, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio.  A total of 53 agencies joined within the first year. 

Our Affiliations

United Way of Perry County is a proud member of the Indiana Association of United Ways (IaUW).  The Indiana Association of United Ways provides member support services to 90 + local United Ways across the state.  

In addition to its state membership, United Way of Perry County is affiliated with United Way Worldwide (UWW).  United Way Worldwide is a national network of almost 1,300 local United Ways across the United States, as well as 45 countries outside the United States.  UWW oversees the partnership with the National Football League, manages corporate workplace campaigns for major U.S. corporations, and interfaces with organized labor.  It also provides local United Ways with membership support services, training opportunities for local staff, compliance assistance, marketing and communications guidance, and support materials.  Finally, UWW provides the overall focus for local United Ways on education, income, and health. 

The NFL and United Way Partnership is the most visible and longest running charitable collaboration in history.  For more than 35 years, the partnership has been a shining example of the tangible good that can come when America’s favorite sports league joins forces with the largest nonprofit to create real change in communities.  United Way thanks the National Football League—owners, coaches, players and staff—for 35+ years of Living United.     

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