What does United Way of Central Maryland do?
Since 1925, United Way of Central Maryland (UWCM) has been the region's human service leader.
We have two primary goals:
- Advance the basic needs building blocks of education, financial stability and health to help families facing poverty achieve self-sufficiency.
- Be an efficient and effective fundraiser.
We employ a collective impact approach to creating long-term solutions to deep-rooted problems. Our region's issues are part of a continuum; we cannot fix the problems of a community by focusing on just one issue. United Way's work starts with people living in poverty and addresses the range of issues that can result: lack of housing, health care, healthy food, quality child care, education, financial stability, stable employment and more.
Our trusted experts and knowledgeable staff work with partners across the region and know how funds can do the most good for the most people. They help us understand what the needs are and what resources are already being applied to them, so that we can help close the gap between the services that people need and the services that they are able to obtain. We make nonprofits more efficient by assuming fundraising, marketing and customer service expenses for them. We offer the highest level of accountability for ourselves and our partners.
In addition to providing grant funding to more than 100 nonprofits in central Maryland, United Way of Central Maryland manages our own unique initiatives that address education, financial stability and health for central Marylanders facing poverty, including:
UWCM supports programs and initiatives in the city of Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.
For more information, read our white paper, The State of Basic Needs in Central Maryland.