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About United Way

United Way is a network of people and organizations working towards solutions for local problems in nearly 1,800 communities worldwide. Harnessing the power of donors, volunteers, and advocates, they focus on providing for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.

United Way of Morgan County was founded in 1940 by a group of local community leaders including John Caddell and Barrett Shelton, Sr., who believed that the only way to solve local problems was to get involved. And because of their commitment and the commitment of thousands of people since, one out of three Morgan County residents benefits each year from a United Way funded program.

And we couldn’t do what we do without the support of the entire community as well. From Decatur to Lacon, Trinity to Lacey’s Spring, and all points between, we are a grateful and generous community that believes in taking care of each other and giving back to the community that takes care of us. We all benefit when we Live United!


Non-discrimination Policy:

United Way of Morgan County is committed to providing equal opportunity for all people, including employees, board members, volunteers, donors, applicants for funding, vendors, and persons served without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, disability, age, citizenship status, or any other characteristic protected under federal, state or local law.  


We recognize structural racism and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities which United Way seeks to dismantle. Our United Way network strives to engage community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized. We work with residents and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive. We commit to leveraging all of our assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, advocacy) to create more equitable communities.

United Way is committed to leading the fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community - that means we must fight for equity.  We continue to share tools and resources designed to support the work at United Ways in communities around the world.


Diversity Statement:


We take the broadest possible view of diversity. 

We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are.

We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our community.

We believe that each community member, donor, volunteer, advocate, and employee must have equal access to solving community problems.

We strive to include diversity, equity, and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work.

We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities.

Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person in every community.