Invest in Your Community, Give to United Way

United Way is focused on the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. Our worldwide network is working to advance the common good in 47 countries and territories, including nearly 1,300 local organizations in the U.S. With your help, we can fuel a movement that is committed to creating opportunities for everyone.

With your support we can achieve these goals. Please consider United Way in your yearly giving plans. Give as generously as you can – a gift to United Way is 100 percent tax deductible and touches the lives of thousands of Perry and Crawford County residents.

We all win when a child succeeds in school, when a family becomes financially stable and when people have good health. Join the 14 million people throughout the country that are a part of this dynamic movement. Give now.

A How-To Guide for Charitable Giving

As the nation’s largest charity, United Way Worldwide understands the impact that charitable giving has on improving communities and helping individuals. United Way also understands how important it is to choose the right organization to donate your hard-earned dollars. As you prepare to make any type of charitable gift, we urge you to follow the simple guidelines below.

  1. View Your Donation as an Investment.  Any gift to a charity should be seen as an investment, and you want to invest in a charity that will make a major impact on its recipients while also giving you personal satisfaction.  An investment approach to a particular group or cause will ensure a more meaningful experience for you.
  2. Do Your Homework.  When selecting where to give, it is important to gather all the facts.  Conducting thorough research prior to giving will help you separate legitimate charities from frauds, as well as reassure you that your donation is truly helping those who need it most.


Do you have a cause close to your heart? Then advocate for your belief by championing for it. Are you a strong believer in early literacy? Start a community reading program at your local HeadStart or volunteer to read during Story Hour at you local library. Does your heart ache thinking about children going to bed hungry? Conduct a food drive, get involved with a food pantry, or raise funds for your weekend food program for kids. Do you realize the importance of comforting care given at the end of someone’s life? Recruit volunteers for your local hospice program. Do you have a special respect for persons with disabilities? Offer to hire a person with disabilities to help show them you believe in their ABILITIES.

Whether it is advocating for those in need, for persons with disabilities, for the elderly, or for early literacy, let your voice be heard! Reach out and make a difference in the lives of others.


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Education, Financial Stability, and Health.

United Way of Perry County is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health: the building blocks for a good life. But we can’t do it alone. We need the heads, hands and hearts of committed people like you to help us tackle the problems facing our communities.

Each one of us has special talents.  Things we can do to help.  Put your talents to work for your community.  VOLUNTEER!

Give an hour. Give a Saturday. Give your best. Think of “We” before “Me.” Because when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all.

Whether it’s reading to children, or leading financial literacy classes for hard-working families, or delivering meals to homebound seniors, there are hundreds of volunteer options available every day.

Give the gift of YOU.  VOLUNTEER!

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

That’s why United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life:

  • Education – Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential
  • Income – Promoting Financial Stability and Independence
  • Health – Improving People’s Health

Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, and when people are healthy.

United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living United means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future.

Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.

In the early 1970’s the local Jaycee organization saw the need for a coordinated fundraising campaign to benefit community organizations. They initiated the establishment of the United Way of Perry County which was incorporated on August 14, 1973.  Several of the Jaycee members served on the first board to provide leadership and guidance. It was strictly a volunteer run organization whose goal was to “bring together, in a united appeal, all possible campaigns of community-related health, welfare, and character building, including local, state, and national service organizations.”

In 1991, United Way of Perry County hired its first part time staff member and established an office through a grant from the Indiana Association of United Ways.In 2008, United Way of Perry County expanded its services to Crawford County by providing fiscal and guidance in fundraising and grantmaking.  Executive Director, Rebecca Fenn, travels periodically to Crawford County to meet with the volunteer Advisory Council.

United Way of Perry County is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to the principle of diversity.  We therefore:

  • Value, champion, and embrace diversity in all aspects of United Way of Perry County in full compliance with all state and federal laws and regulations.
  • Support equal employment opportunity programs throughout United Way of Perry County.
  • Refuse to engage in any form of improper discrimination or harassment.

United Way of Perry County is a proud member of the Indiana Association of United Ways (IaUW).  The Indiana Association of United Ways provides member support services to 90 + local United Ways across the state.

In addition to its state membership, United Way of Perry County is affiliated with United Way Worldwide (UWW).  United Way Worldwide is a national network of almost 1,300 local United Ways across the United States, as well as 45 countries outside the United States.  UWW oversees the partnership with the National Football League, manages corporate workplace campaigns for major U.S. corporations, and interfaces with organized labor.  It also provides local United Ways with membership support services, training opportunities for local staff, compliance assistance, marketing and communications guidance, and support materials.  Finally, UWW provides the overall focus for local United Ways on education, income, and health.

The NFL and United Way Partnership is the most visible and longest running charitable collaboration in history.  For more than 35 years, the partnership has been a shining example of the tangible good that can come when America’s favorite sports league joins forces with the largest nonprofit to create real change in communities.  United Way thanks the National Football League—owners, coaches, players and staff—for 35+ years of Living United.

Recognizing their city welfare problems and the need for cooperative action, four Denver clergymen got together to work out a plan for the nonprofit organizations in their city and in 1887, the Charity Organization Society (COS) was launched.  They carried out a unified fundraising effort that raised $21,700 for 22 agencies…and thus the United Way movement was born!

After more than two decades, the COS movement had grown to the point where there was a need to organize a true charitable financial federation.  The new organization was named the Community Chest, launched on March 1, 1913 in Cleveland, Ohio.  A total of 53 agencies joined within the first year.