About Us

About UsOur Mission

The United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties, Inc. unites communities to improve lives in our region by mobilizing their caring power to address basic human needs. Resources raised and leveraged are invested in programs that have sustained, measurable impacts on the building blocks of education, income stability and health.

Our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement (approved by the Board November 2020)
At United Way of Delaware and Otsego Counties, we must all do our part to make our communities the places that we need them to be – equitable, respectful, inclusive, and opportunity-filled. We can- and must- do better to guarantee that the basic human rights and freedoms of every person in every community are protected.

We embrace and value diversity, equity, and inclusion for every person in every community by: 

•    Taking the broadest possible view on diversity; 
•    Valuing the visible and invisible qualities of our community;  
•    Welcoming every person who brings a unique perspective and experience that helps to advance our mission
•    Providing all community members with equal access to both give and receive in solving community problems; 
•    Striving to include diversity, equity, and inclusion at the center of our daily work. 

Anti-Harassment and Anti-Discrimination Policy (approved by the Board October 2018)
Harassment because of and discrimination against persons of all protected classes is prohibited at the United Way of Delaware and Otsego and in NYS. Such classes include race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, marital status, domestic violence victim status, gender identity and criminal history

Our Goals

In 2019, United Way World Wide initiated a 10-year program committed to:

  • Improve education, and achieve having 95 percent of students graduating highschool ready for college and career.  To ensure strong communities, it is imperative that all our nation’s students graduate from high school prepared for post-secondary education or the workforce.  United Way will fight for: Increased CCDBG funding to improve access to high quality child care for all children Increased funding for, and access to, high quality early childhood programs, Increased funding and/or set-asides as part of existing funding streams, and to support professional development and training for early childhood staff.  Federal efforts to increase college access, Strengthened programs and policies that minimize student debt and help families make more informed borrowing decisions, and Funding for federal programs that provide youth with alternative pathways to post-secondary education and the careers of their choice.
  • Help people achieve financial stability, and help 5 million people get jobs. Strengthen workforce development programs and expand job training and work-based learning.  United Way will fight for:  Investments in high quality education and job training programs for 16-to-24-year-olds who are not in school or work, Apprenticeships and work-based learning opportunities that allow older youth and lowincome workers to gain work experience that improve job placement, and Incentivized sector-based strategies that help meet employer demand for a more educated and skilled workplace.  Expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit for workers not raising children at home and those 21 and older, A Child Tax Credit that ensures the lowest income workers and families with young children can access a robust credit, and Permanent authorization of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance grant program and increased investments in this public-private partnership.
  • Promote healthy lives, We will fight for health policies that will help 90 percent of Americans attain improved physical and mental health.  This will be done through advocating, creating programs and fighting for: Accessible and affordable healthcare coverage, Consumer protections, Increased funding for Community Health Centers, Awareness and protection of the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

By utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve them.

United Way of Delaware & Otsego Counties is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusion.