The Watertown Area United Way is a non-profit community-based volunteer organization whose purpose is to assist in meeting human care needs of Watertown Area residents.
Three Key United Way Focus Areas
Watertown Area United Way supports agency programs who provide education for all ages, better health in all forms, and establish financial stability for Watertown residents.
The Watertown Area United Way funds 35 agencies and is a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic community. The Watertown Area United Way goes beyond just raising funds for local nonprofits. It serves as a catalyst to encourage nonprofits to collaborate and work together to meet the needs of our community.
United Way seeks to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.
United Way brings people together to build strong communities where everyone thrives. As one of the world's largest privately funded charities, we serve 95% of U.S. communities and 37 countries and territories; our humanitarian aid supports 48 million people every year. Through United Way, communities tackle tough challenges and work with private, public, and nonprofit partners to boost education, economic solutions, and health resources.
United Way is the mission of choice for 1.5 million volunteers, 6.8 million donors, and 45,000 corporate partners in more than 1,100 communities worldwide in our second century of service. Together, we are building resilient, equitable communities across the globe.
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Watertown Area United Way funds two important programs in the Watertown Area. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library and the Delta Dental Mobile which are fully funded by Watertown Area United Way. Since 2002 the Dolly Parton Imagination Library has provided thousands of local youths, ages 0 to 5 years old, a free book on a monthly basis. Currently, in 2023 there are 842 youth in the program with applications coming in every day.
Another program fully funded by Watertown Area United Way is the Delta Dental Mobile. Since the first visit in 2011 over 767 youth have received dental care at no cost to the family. From the first tooth to 21 years of age Watertown youth are provided preventative, diagnostic, and restorative dental procedures. No insurance is needed for this program. The value of dental care done in 2023 was $68,604 and 70 youth were served.
1970 United Way of Watertown, Inc. formed. Prior to this it was called Community Chest.
1984 $100,000 raised for the first time
1987 United Way Accounts are computerized and Loaned Executive Program Implemented
1988 $200,000 is raised for the first time
1989 Heart Club Program implemented (leadership giving)
1989 Employee giving exceeds corporate giving for the first time
1993 $300,000 raised
1996 $471,000 raised
1998 Campaign Divisions were revised, $500,000 raised for the first time
1999 $531,532 raised
2002 $590,000 raised
2005 $637,472 raised
2006 First Chrome Cruise with Harley Davidson held. Full time Executive Director hired
2009 $671,512 raised – First ever United Way Radiothon held with KXLG 99.1 FM
2014 United Way raises over $725,000 for the first time
2016 The Watertown Area United Way had it's most successful campaign to date with the addition of the Montgomery's Room Makeover Sweepstakes, raising over $740,000
2020 Watertown Area United Way celebrates 50 years of serving the Watertown Area community.
2021 The "Unwrap the Future" Pop-Tart, United Way Worldwide $2,500 grant is awarded to a Florence, SD teen recipient.
2022 New campaign signs were built and added a new sign location.