Our Work

Focusing on education, health and stability, United Way works to address our community’s biggest challenges.

What We Do

Through the caring power of tens of thousands of individuals, we invest in innovative solutions, convene the right partnerships and mobilize the best resources to fight our most dire social problems. Together, we drive measurable, lasting impact for our community.

The Hard Truth

A child born in poverty in the southeast has very little chance of climbing out of it during his or her lifetime. In fact, Hamilton County ranks in the bottom nine percent in the nation for economic mobility and childhood poverty. All too often, access to opportunity in our region is aligned with the zip code and neighborhood where one lives. That must change.

A Trusted Guide

When we come together with one voice, our community is truly advocating for our neighbors in need. From our unique position at the center of the nonprofit, government, philanthropic and business communities, United Way drives focused collaboration among our partners to address community-specific challenges with an emphasis on education, health and stability to provide avenues for everyone to engage in creating change.

A Clear Approach

To create an environment of opportunity, where every child born in our community can succeed, we need to focus on three key areas: people, places and systems.

An Environment of Opportunity For All

We focus on building stronger neighborhoods, improving the systems that serve children and families and providing stability across our region. This targeted approach is fueled by broad civic engagement that brings together the people, resources and services necessary to improve economic mobility.

It takes connected community

We partner with local agencies focused on empowering every individual to achieve their full potential where it matters most: where we live.

Where We Work

We fund various initiatives in six counties around Greater Chattanooga – including Hamilton, Marion, Walker, Dade, Catoosa and Sequatchie. All funds are invested into the same community that contributed them. The needs surrounding education, stability and health & wellbeing, as well as strong partnerships with organizations, communities and innovative leaders all play a part in where we work.

Our Impact Focuses


We invest in the future of our community, starting with early education and ensuring children have access to the resources needed to improve literacy and raise graduation rates.

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Health and Wellbeing

We improve health and wellness by increasing access to health care and providing people the information and resources needed to make healthy choices.

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We help families achieve stability, reduce homelessness and eliminate barriers to housing.

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Community Investments

United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s grant funding supports nonprofits located in Hamilton, Sequatchie, and Marion Counties in Tennessee and Walker, Dade and Catoosa Counties in Georgia. Funding will continue supporting impactful organizations working to build a community where all people can achieve their full human potential through education, stability, and health and well-being.

More Ways to Get Involved


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Join the Fight

Behind all our work, there are people like you who get involved in big and small — but always significant — ways to ensure a better future for our families and communities.