About Us

Our Mission

United Way operates on the concept of Living United - the idea that the advancement of the common good can benefit the entire community. Our work isn't just putting bandages on major systemic problems; it involves individualized, long-term solutions that effectively lift working class families out of poverty and despair.We believe that when you extend a helping hand to influence, strengthen, and bolster the health and stability of your local neighborhoods, that support trickles out and ultimately helps everyone.

Where We Start

Founded over a century ago, our focus has always been to fight for the health, education, and well-being of all people in Fresno and Madera counties. We advocate for opportunities that align with those three main areas. Sometimes it's through our own programming. Other times, it involves connecting people to other great organizations and resources.

Our Work

As many as one-third of individuals do not make enough money to meet their most basics needs. 40 million individuals are currently working in low paying jobs without appropriate health care or vacation time or holidays. Things such as saving for college, buying a home, or even retirement is off the table for most families. United Way Fresno and Madera Counties is here to bridge the gap between working families and needed resources. 

With our corporate and community partners, we are able to assist local working class families through programs like: