About Us

United Way of Central Missouri fights for the health, education, financial stability and basic needs of every person in central Missouri.

The organization started as a part-time committee of the now Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce in 1925. The organization split from the Chamber and became known as the Jefferson City Community Chest in the late 1920's. Nationally, the Community Chest had its beginnings in the late 1880’s when Denver businesses expressed exasperation at the difficulty in deciding which charities and agencies to support. Community Chest groups around the nation solved that problem by holding single campaigns for groups of local agencies – not much different from how the United Way operates its fundraising today.

United Way of Central Missouri serves Camden, Cole, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Phelps and southern Callaway Counties.


The United Way of Central Missouri is a local, volunteer-driven organization that improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.

United Way of Central Missouri envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability, and healthy lives.


United Way believes that every person is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect – this includes equal treatment and access to justice. Recent events involving violence and threats against African Americans expose our society’s underlying racism, prejudice and privilege that prevent too many people from being treated with the humanity and respect they deserve. These incidents are abhorrent and run counter to everything that United Way, its volunteers and professionals value, live and fight for every day. All people of all backgrounds and identities must call out discrimination and demand its removal from our society; otherwise we are endorsing the status quo and are complicit in the abuses that follow. We must all do our part, working United, to make our communities the places that we need them to be – equitable, respectful and opportunity-filled. We, as a society, can and must do better to guarantee that the basic human rights and freedoms of every person in every community are protected.

We take the broadest possible view of diversity.

We value the visible and invisible qualities that make you who you are.

We welcome that every person brings a unique perspective and experience to advance our mission and progress our fight for the health, education, financial stability and basic needs of every person in our community.

We believe that each United Way community member, donor, volunteer, advocate and employee must have equal access to solving community problems.

We strive to include diversity, equity and inclusion practices at the center of our daily work.

We commit to using these practices for our business and our communities. Join us in embracing diversity, equity and inclusion for every person in our community.



We resolve to maintain the highest standards of personal and organizational honesty in all our activities.

We are responsive to our stakeholders, at all levels, and act as good stewards of their investments of time and resources.

We are compelled to advocate for positive social change in the communities we serve.

We spearhead efforts to build a better life for all and create a stronger Central Missouri.

We join with individuals, groups and businesses in our communities to work together toward common goals.

We involve and unite the local community, knowing that respect, diversity and inclusiveness make us stronger.

We are devoted to serving individuals and families in our communities in the most efficient and innovative manner.

We strive to deliver relevant services and quality outcomes through thoughtful, deliberate actions.