About

For 50 years, River Valley United Way (RVUW) has been working to meet the needs of vulnerable families in our area. No matter the crises, we have always remained steadfast in our commitment to LIVE UNITED and take care of our community.

We are uniquely positioned to bring people, community partners, foundations, businesses, and government agencies together to build awareness of the challenges that poverty creates, focus on where the need is the greatest, and scale what works to create sustainable impact.

OUR MISSION

Improve lives, strengthen communities, and advance equity by mobilizing the caring power of people across our region.

We’re working hard to create a future where kids in our area are free from instability and worry so they can be free to play and discover, free to learn and grow. 
    
Free from poverty. Free to reach their potential.

Right now, 18% of Arkansas River Valley Residents live in poverty and 1 in 3 families can't pay for basic needs.

Those families must choose between:

• Rent or groceries
• Heat or healthcare
• Shoes or gasoline

Together, we can make our community a better place for everyone.

With your support, we can continue investing in our community's kids and families.

VISION STATEMENT

We envision an equitable, thriving, and united community achieved through collaborative leadership. 

OUR VALUES

AGILITY 
We foster a culture of responsiveness and flexibility conducive to innovation in every area of the business.

EQUITY 
We ensure that our policies, practices, and distribution of resources prioritize historically marginalized communities so that all members of our community thrive.

ACCOUNTABILITY
We meet our commitments and deliver high-quality, high-value results. 

COLLABORATION 
We actively include and engage all members of the community so that our work can be informed and enriched by diverse experiences and perspectives. 

INTEGRITY
We are transparent, honest, dependable, and trustworthy in every interaction and as stewards of resources. 

SERVICE
We ensure that all of our work is for the good of others, both within the organization and in the community

 

MESSAGE FROM IAN BRYAN, BOARD CHAIR

It gives me great pride to be the Board Chair of River Valley United Way (RVUW). As a nonpartisan, effective community problem solver and convener, RVUW has been the place where people come together to help one another and create collective impact.

Our kids and families need assistance now, especially our low-income families and BIPOC families who are being left behind. In the wake of COVID-19 and the economic downturn, it is clear there is no going back to “normal” especially when what we had before was failing many of our families of color. As we look toward reducing the long-term impacts of the pandemic, we need to reimagine new systems that result in more equitable and resilient communities.

That’s why RVUW is collaborating with nonprofit partners, to provide supportive housing services, prioritizing those with the highest risk of being displaced and divert these families from becoming houseless.

When families are stably housed, they can focus on their health and well-being, including their children’s education. All of which increases a child’s ability to thrive later in life and reduces the likelihood of poverty.

I hope you will join us in helping our community recover, and become more resilient while building a more inclusive and equitable region where all families have the resources and opportunities to thrive.

Thank you for living united and continuing to invest in our community.

In Gratitude,

Ian Bryan, Board Chair
River Valley United Way