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Are all United Ways the same?


There are approximately 1,300 United Way across the country that exist in their respective communities to build partnerships and leverage resources to create plans for long lasting community change. Though United Ways share a logo and have similar missions, each United Way is independently incorporated and is led by local staff and volunteers. The work of each United Way is determined by its community needs.  United way recruits people and organizations who 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 Worldwide is a network advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the three key building blocks of education, income and health.   For more information about United Way, please visit:


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Why should I give to the United Way?


Charitable giving is a personal and voluntary decision and the United Way encourages you to do what is most comfortable to you. A gift to the United Way is an investment that benefits the entire community, not just one program, issue, or population.  100% of each tax-deductible dollar you give United Way stays in this community to support local programs. 


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What is the easiest way to contribute?


Payroll deduction is by far the most convenient method of contribution. A small amount is taken from your paycheck per payday, allowing you to make a small contribution each week that can make a big difference in the course of a year.

You may also give by credit card on this website, mail a check to FSAUW at PO Box 366 / Franklin, VA 23851, or ask for periodic billing to your home.


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What if I don't want my money to go to a certain agency?


Not every agency appeals to every donor, but all agencies have met the meticulous standards of our United Way and the programs we fund meet identified needs within our community. If you like, you can designate to any one agency that fits your needs.


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