Local people directing local dollars to local agencies addressing local needs.

The United Way of Ulster County plays a unique role in our community by targeting funds to high quality, local programs and services that meet identified community needs. We do this by:

  • Assessing community needs through periodic needs assessments including focus groups, community forums, key informant interviews, and individual surveys.
  • Participation on local boards and community councils charged with identifying gaps in services, and developing strategies to address them.
  • Determining what programs best address identified needs through a rigorous and competitive grant process that requires grantees to have measurable objectives, a plan for program evaluation and proof of program impact.
  • Evaluating programs through in-depth interviews with program staff, observation of programs in action, and review of program documentation.
  • Playing a leadership role in the development and coordination of community services to address emerging needs.