Together we're standing up for a stronger community.  United Way of Wayne County identifies our county's most pressing issues, invests in effective and accountable programs and brings the community together to build a strong foundation for generations to come.  

United Way of Wayne County Office
Fill the Theatre Food Drive, 2021
Meadow Lane Elementary School accepting their Educator Grants
Day of Action 2021
Volunteer in the St Vincent de Paul Food Pantry
Boys & Girls Club of Wayne
Board members Dr. Taloe and Dr. Tucker
UWWC Board Chair, Donna Phillips

Who we are

Founded in 1925 the United Way is an autonomous and independent organization governed by a local, volunteer Board of community members. Our accountability is to the people and businesses who invest in United Way of Wayne County. United Way of Wayne County has identified four focus areas that address gaps within our community: Education, Health & Wellness, Financial Responsibility, and Community Responsiveness. Each agency and program that United Way helps to fund must address one or more focus area and show positive, trackable outcomes each year.


United Way of Wayne County is a community organization working in collaboration with local non-profits to improve the lives of people in our local community.  Partnerships with local programs which meet established criteria of program accountability through outcome measurements and fiscal responsibility are supported by uniting people and resources to achieve the greatest impact on lives in Wayne County.


Over the past four years, United Way of Wayne County has focused on developing and implementing a Strategic Initiative Plan based on program outcomes. In sharing our successes we have shifted away from focusing on raising money to impact lives and the long-term impact that investments have for those living in Wayne County. 


United Way Worldwide is a national service and training center for 1,800 local United Ways across the country. They provide training, research data, models of effective practices and other support to local United Ways. Local United Ways are not chapters of the national organization; they are governed by people in their own communities.



Red Feather Agency formed in Denver.  During World War I, cities formed the War Chest and after the War it was changed to Community Chest in 1917.  In 1945 "the Red Feather" was adopted it as the official insignia of the Community Chest of America and in 1925 Goldsboro Community Chest Fund was started. 






Name changed to United Fund of Goldsboro

Name changed to Wayne United Way

Steve Parr hired as Executive Director.  Named changed to United Way of Wayne County.

Taste of Wayne County started

Alexis de Tocqueville Society formed in Wayne County.

Day of Caring and Sharing started

A brief History of


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United Way Relief Fund established for local emergency disaster relief

Lead efforts to bring Smart Start to Wayne County.  Forms Wayne County Partnership for Children to administer Smart Start and to become independent from UWWC.  UWWC focus changed to measured outcomes.

League of Legacy- Planned giving started

Established Volunteer Connection

Celebrated 75 years

1st Founders Cup Golf Tournament

Planning begins on Family Learning Center

Born Learning Festival 

RVSP combined with Volunteer Connection and formed Volunteer Wayne Website

READ Wayne becomes an Initiative of UWWC


Steve Parr retires after 30 years of service to UWWC

Sherry Archibald becomes Executive Director