The mission of United Way of Oxford-Lafayette County (UWOLC) is to improve lives and meet community needs by uniting people and resources. We seek to make a concrete, measurable impact by understanding and addressing our community's most complex challenges. We believe that no single organization can do this alone, and UWOLC therefore works in partnership with individuals, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and public entities to mobilize resources, promote collaboration, and support programs that can together make a significant difference for the Lafayette-Oxford-University (LOU) community. UWOLC focuses on four interrelated issues:
Focus: To improve people's health, with a focus on helping the community and its members:
Achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles for adults and children
Support older adults and adults diagnosed with mental illness
Focus: To help children and youth achieve their potential, with a focus on programs that help the community and its members:
- Enter kindergarten ready to learn
- Read at grade level by the fourth grade
- Earn a high school (or equivalent) degree
Focus: To promote financial stability and independence, with a focus on helping the community and its members:
- Attain family-sustaining employment
- Create affordable housing opportunities
- Manage expenses and build savings
Focus: To meet the community's basic needs, with a focus on programs that ensure community members have:
- Sufficient food
- Adequate shelter
- Disaster/emergency relief services
Addressing Community Needs
UWOLC plays a variety of roles in addressing community needs.
Community Coalitions: UWOLC convenes several community-wide coalitions, including the LOU Reads Coalition, which bring together diverse groups of stakeholders to design and implement collective solutions to problems that involve issues of health, education, and income.
Funded Programs: UWOLC invests heavily in partner programs' efforts to promote good health, quality education, and stable incomes. Each year, through a competitive grant-making process, UWOLC awards hundreds of thousands of dollars to local non-profit organizations.
Resources for Individuals: Finally, UWOLC serves as a resource to individual community members, many of whom turn to UWOLC for assistance in reaching a variety of programs and services. Every day, we are responsible for connecting people to the help they need.