United Way of Rockbridge takes a leadership role in improving the quality of life of the people in the Rockbridge area by assessing needs, raising and allocating funds, and ensuring the appropriate use of those resources by the community.
The United Way movement traces its roots to a joint effort by community leaders in Denver to raise funds for 22 local charities. Many similar groups sprang up across the US and Canada, using names such as Community Chest. By 1963 they joined forces to set up a parent United Way organization to provide common branding and training for what are today 1,800 locally organized and locally operated non-profits in 40 countries.
This long North American tradition of community-based fundraising for community-based non-profits spread to the Rockbridge area in 1950. At the start our local United Way raised only $20,000 for a handful of local groups. Over the past 65 years UWR has grown serve Rockbridge County and the cities of Buena Vista and Lexington. Over the past 62 years, UWR has raised $3,700,000 for local organizations that serve people in our area. Funds raised during our 2016 Annual Campaign will be used to provide grants totaling approximately $180,000 to 17 local non-profits and $10,000 for special projects in CY2017.
As a community-based non-profit 99% of the money we raise stays in our community. We are one of 31 United Ways located in Virginia, with whom we cooperate for fundraising from companies that operate in multiple communities.
How do we do it?
- Fund raise and provide support your local support agencies.
- Allocate donated funds to local agencies.
- Hold local support agencies accountable for tangible results.
How can I help?