United, we fight for basic needs.
United, we stand up for economic mobility.
United, we break the cycle of poverty.

River Valley United Way fights for the financial stability of every person in our community. No matter the obstacles. No matter the odds. We surround the River Valley’s most critical problems. And we fight.


We’re on a new track.

We are Uniting resources. We are Uniting minds.

United, we confront barriers to keeping food on the table and a roof overhead. United, we stand up for the unemployed and the underemployed. United, we battle to break the cycle of poverty.


ALICE stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. ALICE refers to those who earn above the federal poverty level, but not enough to afford housing, child care, food, transportation, and health care in our community. ALICE has to choose between food or electricity, diapers or medicine, and rent or childcare.

The ALICE report is an in-depth and more accurate measure of financial struggle in our area. This groundbreaking report from United Way provides state, county, and city-specific data.

The most recent ALICE report shows that 30% of our local population lives at or below the ALICE threshold. ALICE is the person you sat next to at church, that friendly barista who poured your coffee this morning, your neighbor, your friend. ALICE is all around you, and she needs your help.

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A path out of poverty.

Because change doesn’t happen alone. Hope isn’t a one-man-band. And there’s no such thing as self-taught or self-made. We fund a network of non-profits across the River Valley so folks can move along the path from meeting basic needs, to economic mobilty, to breaking the cycle.

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Your money stays local.

When you donate to River Valley United Way, your donation stays local. We work with area non-profit programs – we call them Partner Agencies – to turn your money into valuable services that move individuals and families from poverty to possibility. We do this by convening idea-makers and action-takers. We help local non-profit workers, government officials, and everyday citizens get things done.


where your money goes



We vet non-profits and allocate funds for you.

With so many organizations doing good work in the River Valley, it’s hard to decide where to focus your giving so that you can be the do-gooder you want to be.

It’s okay. We help with that.

By making one gift to River Valley United Way, you’ll be giving to dozens of non-profit programs. Each program has been carefully vetted. They’re the best of the best. They report back to us on a formal basis annually and engage with us throughout the year.

how we do it


We can't do any of this without you

This work is only possible with the help of people like you. Our donors are from every walk of life, from CEO's to students. We appreciate every single one.



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