United Way of Long Island advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on three key building blocks: health, education and financial stability. It is our priority to create equity across Long Island by investing in partnerships, helping the most vulnerable and at risk through organizations and programs that demonstrate raising the bar for fairness and equal access to services. Our organization provides a united solution and impact, fighting for families across Long Island.
We recruit people and organizations that bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. LIVE UNITED® is a call to action for everyone to become a part of the change. United Way of Long Island is an independent locally-operated 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, led and governed by an independent Board of Directors.
OUR IMPACT - DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION
We recognize structural racism, ethnic discrimination and other forms of oppression have contributed to racial disparities that have existed in the past and persist in the present. We acknowledge those inequities are the result of policies and practices that work to marginalize entire populations of people. We unequivocally denounce racism/ethnic discrimination because it undermines the well-being and vitality of our communities. Our United Way seeks to dismantle disparities and strives to engage residents and community members, especially those whose voices have traditionally been marginalized, in the shared work of fortifying equity and empowerment. We work with 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 to create more equitable communities.
We do this by developing programs and funding over 100 community partners. Together, we invest in education to ensure children succeed in school and achieve their potential. We help families become financially stable and independent. And, we ensure our communities have access to healthcare, food, and positive lifestyle choices. Our leadership team, supported by a high profile Board of Directors, bring together partners and volunteers from across Long Island to discuss issues, raise funds and develop programs for the building blocks of a good life:
- A quality education that leads to a stable job
- Enough income to support a family
- Workforce readiness
- Good health
“United Way of Long Island holds a 4-star (highest) rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest evaluator of charities, and is a GuideStar platinum-rated charity. 86 cents of every dollar we collect directly supports programs.”
We offer an effective, efficient and caring way for Long Islanders to make the greatest year-round impact in their hometowns. These days, with so many choices to make with your charitable dollars, United Way of Long Island can be your partner to ensure your contribution improves people's lives in the communities where you live, work and play. Most importantly, donations made on Long Island, stay on Long Island.
Contributions to United Way of Long Island support Education, Financial Stability, Health, and our community partner agencies. See how your gift makes a difference right here on Long Island, read our Success Stories.
Discover our history and dig into photograph archives to see how we've helped Long Islanders over the course of five and a half decades.