About Us

What do we do?

Our Mission: To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.

United Way works hard for EVERY person in our community. United  Way of Nevada County helps by making sure your support goes where  it's  needed. A donation to United Way of Nevada County stays local.  A strong United Way means human services are available when they're  needed, for our County, our neighbors, our family.


United  Way of Nevada County envisions a community where all  individuals and families achieve their desired potential through Healthy Lives,  Education and Income Stability.  

To that end, our service  priority is  to strive to assure that individuals and families in Nevada  County are  able to meet their BASIC NEEDS:

  • Food Insecurity
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Access to Health Care


  • 11.6% of people living in Nevada County live below poverty level.
  • Over 38% of Nevada County households have incomes below the California Self Sufficiency Standard.

Here are some FAQs.

United Way of Nevada County partners with organizations that share our view that the way to improve lives is by mobilizing the caring power of communities. Their commitment to addressing Basic Needs, such as helping alleviate food insecurity, providing emergency shelter for families in crisis, and making access to health care a priority, among other things, is very important. 

Our Partner organizations receive mention in our annual brochure, our 

website and in marketing and social media. Our partners may have the opportunity to apply for funding through the Community Impact  Funds.  United  Way does the due diligence to certify its partner agencies so you can trust where your designations are going.  

United Way collaborates with other organizations to  create programs to fill gaps in services. The Food Access Saturday program is one such example. Through collaborative meetings, United  Way saw a need in the community for a food distribution program during  the weekend. Through a partnership with Interfaith Food Ministry, we helped fill that need by  creating Food Access Saturday, which is now a monthly program that has  provided thousands of individuals with much-needed healthy food.  We recently introduced a pilot program, the High School Food Pantry, to help local homeless teens suffering from food insecurity.

We at United Way know there is a need in the community for more access to  healthcare, so we collaborated with California CareForce to bring a free 2-day health  clinic in January 2020. It was an overwhelming success, so we are planning on hosting  another free clinic in 2021.


For  more than 125 years, United Way has evolved to meet the needs of the   times. Today, the world needs United Way more than ever. 

United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

  • 600 classrooms built in the Philippines
  • 8,000 people trained for in-demand jobs in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 50,000 mosquito nets distributed in Uganda

We  all have a stake in what befalls everyone. We all benefit when a  child succeeds in school, when someone finds a job that will help them  provide for their family, or when more people are able to access  quality, affordable health care. 


Find out more about your local United Way.