Our Work

Advancing the Common Good

Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.

That’s why United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life:

  • Education – Providing children, youth, and adults opportunities achieve their full potential
  • Health – Improving our community's health and quality of life
  • Financial Stability/Crisis Assistance – Helping families become financially stable and independent

Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when our community is healthy.

United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living United means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. United We Win.

View our 2018-2019 Impact Report here.


BCUW Special Events & Partnerships:

Read Across America an opportunity for volunteers to read to local students in celebration of Dr. Suess' birthday.

Day of Action a one day, hands-on volunteer project opportunity.

Build A Backpack Program partnership with Burke County Public Schools, The Outreach Center & Walmart to provide backpacks & school supplies for Burke County students in need.

Toast of the Town our annual fundraising experience, benefiting youth programs in Burke County.

Toys for Tots partnership with the Table Rock Marine Corp League to provide holiday toys for Burke County children in need.

Burke Cares community collaboration to raise awareness of hunger & homelessness in Burke County. Facilitation of the Burke iCare Tour and Point-In-Time Count.

Burke Wellness Initiative partnership with local organizations to assess health needs and work collaboratively to develop a plan for access to care.

NC211 health & human service information & referral line available 365/24/7.

Emergency Food Shelter Program (EFSP) since 1983, Burke County has received $1,080,925 in federal funding to support emergency food & shelter programs in Burke County.

FamilyWize (prescription discount card) has provided over $605,000 in prescription drug savings to Burke & McDowell County residents since 2007.


Contact Us for more information!