What we do

Our Mission

United Way brings caring people together to solve our community's toughest challenges.  Our mission is to Live United. 

In Santa Barbara County, the majority of our efforts go to our homeless programs, veterans programs, financial stability programs, and literacy programs. These include Home for Good, Mission United, our AmeriCorps partnership, VITA, and Reading Plus.

Learn more about each of these programs on their respective pages.

Our Goals

  • Drive the partnerships and advocay that will reduce the number of un-sheltered homeless in Santa Barbara County. 
  • Improve Education, by reducing the number of students reading below grade level before graduating high school. 
  • Help people achieve Financial Stability, by providing free tax prep assistance to build relationships that engage clients to use the tools needed to increase income, build savings, and improve lives.

These goals are ambitious, but with your help, and by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve them.

"If we all do little, we can accomplish great things together".