Mission & Diversity

Mission Statement

Uniting Skagit County to build a positive and sustainable quality of life.

Diversity Statement

The United Way of Skagit County (UWSC) values and embraces diversity. We believe in and support equal opportunity for all people regardless of their race, gender, color, religion, ethnic origin, marital status, sexual orientation, physical challenge or age. Our financial support for the community is a reflection of this belief.

Our commitment is that all UWSC staff and volunteers will be sensitive to and respectful of the diverse people who comprise the communities we serve. We strive to have both staff and volunteers who reflect the diversity of the community, and we believe in building on the ideas and perspectives of diverse people.

Strategic Plan

United Way of Skagit County is strategically positioned to bring the community together to create lasting change.

The United Way Movement

Through a vast network of volunteers and community service agencies, United Ways throughout America help meet the health and human-care needs of millions of people every day.

United Way’s 100+ year history is built on a proven system of local organizations helping people in their own communities.

  • The United Way system included approximately 1,400 community-based organizations like United Way of Skagit County. Each is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers.
  • Through a single community-wide campaign, United Way volunteers raise funds to support local agency service providers.
  • United Way volunteers ensure that every group receiving funds is a non-profit, tax-exempt charity governed by a volunteer board and that it conducts an annual, independent financial audit, provides services at a reasonable cost, and maintains a policy of non-discrimination.
  • The “United Way” movement began in the United States over 100 years ago in Denver, CO. It was called the “Charity Organizations Society” and its purpose was to raise money for human service programs in the Denver area.

The idea back then was the same as it is now – that community members have the responsibility to take care of one another by volunteering time and donating dollars. The goal has always been to make the community a better place to live.

Special Announcements

Low Income Needs Assessment Release

Community Action of Skagit County invites you to join us for a sneak peak at the data gathered during the 2017 Low Income Needs Assessment, a survey of 650 low-income households led by Community Action of Skagit County, distributed by dozens of community partners and key volunteers, and analyzed by Applied Research Northwest, LLC.

Also, at the event the first-ever Skagit Change-Maker Award (Inspired by the life of Terry Belcoe) will be presented.

When: March 27, 1-3pm

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The event is open to all! Human services coalition partners, leaders in education and business, elected government officials and staff, and any community member impacted by poverty issues.


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Contact Us

United Way of Skagit County
PO Box 451
831 S. Burlington Blvd.
Burlington, WA 98233

360-755-9521 (phone)
360-755-9523 (fax)

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