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About Us

About Us

Who We Are

United Way of Northern California (UWNC) is one of 1,200 local United Ways in the United States and among 1,800 globally. Each United Way is governed by a local volunteer board and operates autonomously.

Our local United Way began in 1953 and currently serves a nine-county area: Butte, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity counties. 

Our Mission

Our mission is to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in our community. 

We do this by working in close collaboration with non-profit partners, government agencies and the business community to advocate, support and deliver programs and resources that help improve lives. 

How Our Local United Way Helps

  • We provide grants to non-profits whose work alligns with our mission. In 2017, we will supply 22 agencies with more than $120,000 in Community Investment grants and several others will receive funds through other initiatives.
  • Our United Way operates  2-1-1 in Shasta and Tehama counties. 2-1-1 provides information and referrals to people needing help in any realm of health or human services. In 2015 about 4,500 Shasta and Tehama county residents dialed 2-1-1 and our website,, recorded more than 130,000 searches. The 2-1-1 information line is staffed by live specialists and is available to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • We created and manage Volunteer NorCal, a website designed to match local agencies in our 9 county areas with individuals looking to serve their community by volunteering. 
  • Our United Way acts as a convener and backbone agency for collective impact efforts, including the Prosperity Initiative, which aims to improve financial stability and mobility for Shasta County residents. 


United Way Goals

In 2008, United Way World Wide initiated a 10-year program designed to achieve the following goals by 2018:

  • Improve education, and cut the number of high school dropouts — 1.2 million students, every year — in half.
  • Help people achieve financial stability, and get 1.9 million working families — half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable — on the road to economic independence.
  • Promote healthy lives, and increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.

These goals are ambitious, but with your help, and by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve them!