About Us

About Your Metro United Way

Our Mission: To improve lives and our community by engaging people to give, advocate and volunteer.

Our Vision: We envision a community whose people achieve their fullest potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives.

Our History

From the beginning 125 years ago, United Way has been connecting diverse groups of people together to help improve the lives of people around us so that everyone has the opportunity for a better life. It sounds a little like a joke, but it’s true: back in 1887 in Denver, Colorado, a woman, two ministers, a priest and a rabbi came together to form the Charity Organizations Society to help the community address severe welfare problems. That year, their campaign to raise funds for local charities and relief services created a movement that would spread throughout the country and eventually become the United Way.

In 1917, the agency that eventually became known as Metro United Way was established: originally called the Louisville Federation of Social Agencies, it was the first of its kind below the Mason-Dixon Line. In the almost 100 years since we began, our initial commitment to improving lives and our community still holds strong, and, in fact, we still partner with many of our original agencies and organizations. We bring the expertise and resources together to meet our vision of a community whose people achieve their fullest potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives. Give, Advocate and Volunteer…and Live United.


About Us

Metro United Way advances the common good in our community by creating opportunities for a better life for all. For over 95 years, Metro United Way has served our community and will move forward throughout the next decade with a more focused approach to addressing community-level issues by showing measurable progress in the areas of education, financial stability and health, the building blocks for a good quality of life.

Metro United Way recognizes that it takes the whole community working together to reach our mutual goals and we recruit the people and organizations from across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to accomplish our goals. We invite you to be a part of the change. You can give, you can advocate and you can volunteer. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.

You can read more about the work we're doing each day in the community on the official Metro United Way Blog - Our United Voice.

View Metro United Way's 2013 Annual Report

Read a resolution declaring Metro United Way a compassionate nonprofit organization

View GuideStar's review and rating of Metro United Way

Click here for information about our Board of Directors