United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in Monongalia and Preston counties.
Mission Statement: The United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties enhances the quality of life in our community by helping those in need.
Vision Statement: The United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties will be the leader in building a stronger and healthier community by developing resources and creating partnerships to empower individuals to improve their lives.
The first combined efforts in Monongalia County to meet the needs of disadvantaged citizens took place in the mid 1930's. The first organizational meeting of the Community Chest was held on June 2, 1937. The first agencies were Red Cross, Eastmont Sanitarium, Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Catholic Charities, Milk and Shoe Fund, and Medical Hygiene Mental Work. The community chest contniued through to the 1950's.
In early 1956, the Community Chest and the Red Cross reached an agreement to conduct a join campaign and the United Fund was born. Additional agencies that joined during this period were: Community Council, Chestnut Ridge Camp, Family Service Association, the Shack, and the Youth Center. During these first campaigns, workplace giving in the area increased 68%. The United Fund model continued through to the 1970's.
In 1972, the United Fund became the United Way of Monongalia County. The organization began aligning with United Way America and began providing membership and funding to agencies as "United Way agencies".
In 1993, the mission of the organization was expanded and the official name became the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties. The organization, which remains the same today, provides funding to non-profit organizations throughout both counties doing meaningful community work.
In 2017, the United Way celebrates the 80th anniversary of the organization.