We aren’t your typical United Way. To make a difference in today’s world, we must break new ground. These are the values that drive the work we do, the investments we make, and the people of United Way of Snohomish County.
The unrest in our country in the wake of the deaths of too many Black lives underscores how crucial it is to dismantle our inequitable systems. We have been committed to equity as an organization and through our CORE work, but now see that equity is not enough. Systemic racism creates barriers for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, upholds all other forms of oppression, and is an injustice to us all. United Way of Snohomish County recommits to centering equity but will also strive to be anti-racist in all facets of our organization, intentionally disrupt White-dominant culture, and work to create spaces where our staff, board, and partners feel comfortable being their authentic selves. Missteps are to be expected but we’ll use them as an opportunity to grow and learn rather than be defensive. We’re on this journey with you.
Read more on our Anti-Racism Resources page.
Why We're Focused on Families with Young Children
Creating Open Roads to Equity is a collaborative approach that removes barriers to help families escape the traps of poverty. Our CORE work is focused on children prenatal to age 8 because the learning, development, and stability of a child’s early years is crucial to their success in life.
We believe collaborative solutions for both children and the adults in their lives has the greatest potential to not only meet the needs of families today, but will support the success of the whole family for generations to come.
Read more on our Families with Children 0-8 page.
Our Core Values
These are the beliefs and ideals that United Way of Snohomish County upholds to motivate and inspire our work.
We strive to be honest and transparent with our community, partners, and each other. Change cannot happen without courageous conversations, accountability, and relationships built on trust.
We believe that barriers in our system cannot be removed without intentional collaboration, mutually beneficial relationships, and equitable partners working together toward common goals.
We seek to remove barriers for our CORE Collaborative families that exist within the structures that uphold racial and other forms of inequities that keep families trapped in poverty. We believe in consciously making decisions that provide fair treatment, access, and opportunity for all. We believe the family voice should be paramount and that it is our current inequitable systems that prevent all families from living to their fullest potential.
Success is rarely achieved the first time around. We believe progress requires curiosity and a tolerance for risk, being nimble, and failing forward toward new ideas and breakthrough solutions.
We are dedicated to measurable outcomes for children birth to age 8 and their families experiencing poverty. Our work begins with the end in mind and if the data shows that we are off track, we will course correct to reach our shared goals.
The Value of United Way
United Way of Snohomish County has moved beyond its traditional role of simply being a fundraiser to being a funder, active partner, and convener around intentional collaborative solutions to create lasting community change.
Through our CORE Collaborative approach, United Way of Snohomish County removes barriers to help families escape the traps of poverty. We are the only organization in Snohomish County who is not only a funder, but an active partner in CORE Collaboratives — groups of cross-sector partners with shared goals for both the child and the adults in their lives. CORE places families at the center, working to create more equitable systems and long-term solutions for the whole family.
Through our CORE Collaborative approach, United Way of Snohomish County catalyzes, supports, and invests in groups of partners with shared goals to create more equitable systems for families with young children trapped in poverty.
Families in Snohomish County live to their fullest potential for generations to come regardless of race, place, and ability.
Learn more about United Way of Snohomish County in our Frequently Asked Questions.