About Us

Why United Way

In the 14 counties across the Ozarks, the lives of thousands of children, adults and families each year are made better thanks to the services of United Way and our nonprofit partners.

Your contribution to United Way of the Ozarks makes it happen. YOU give people hope when you: 

  • Feed the hungry.
  • Help others learn to read.
  • Give shelter to the homeless.
  • Protect families and children from violence.
  • Provide services after a disaster or illness.
  • Renew faith for a brighter tomorrow. 


The United Way of the Ozarks improves lives by raising funds and uniting support around our communities' critical needs and red flags.


United Way of the Ozarks is committed to ensuring children are fully prepared to succeed in school and life and that adults are able to support themselves and their families.

We invest in programs that form a SAFETY NET for families experiencing challenges, and focus on EDUCATION to get upstream on reducing poverty. We connect communities, people, and hope.

United Way of the Ozarks History

The Community Chest was designed to eliminate duplication of effort for Springfield charitable organizations. J. M. Quinn was elected the first board chairman of the Community Chest. Seventeen local organizations found support through the Community Chest, including, the Salvation Army, YMCA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and the Red Cross.