About Us

Since 1957, United Way of Coastal Carolina (UWCC) has worked in Carteret, Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties to improve the lives of people in Coastal North Carolina by mobilizing the caring power of people and communities. Today, UWCC is the one of the largest private funders of education, income, and health services in the four-county area. Over the past ten years, UWCC has provided over $3 million in grants to over 20 non-profit agencies working throughout our service area. We strive to make sure children are ready to learn, families are safe and self-sufficient, and seniors remain independent and active. We accomplish our results by bringing together experts, business leaders, donors, neighborhoods, and members of local non-profit agencies.

While fundraising will always be a core function of UWCC, we’ve also expanded to provide leadership for collaborative initiatives and strengthen volunteerism among community members. These activities bring together human, financial, and strategic resources to help create the building blocks of better lives for all.

United Way of Coastal Carolina

Serving Carteret, Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties

With an estimated population of 197,114 in 2015, Coastal NC is filled with outdoor adventures, rural communities, bustling historic town centers, great business success stories, and its own unique set of community challenges and needs. Evolving our role to become what the community requires to respond to the most pressing issues, UWCC wants to engage more people, raise awareness of the issues each of our communities face, and activate our cross-sector network of partners. Join us in creating long-term, sustainable change together

Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The work of United Way of Coastal Carolina, our engagement with donors and our investment of community resources along with our interactions with the public must be built upon the foundation of equity. We know that equity is present when justice and fairness are found within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources by institutions or systems. Equity is a core value and furthers our United Way mission of meeting current and emerging human care needs in Carteret, Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties by mobilizing the resources of community organizations, agencies, donors, recipients, and volunteers. This helps create a thriving community for everyone. Our mission directs us to prioritize historically marginalized and systematically excluded people. We must focus on race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status to end the historical, social, and systemic inequities that persist in our communities. United Way of Coastal Carolina stands against all forms of discrimination, racism, and injustice. We must respect the dignity, uniqueness, and intrinsic worth of every person - the community, the donors, our own staff and families, boards, and volunteers.

Our success will be evident by recognizing and supporting leaders from underrepresented neighborhoods.  United Way is committed to engaging these leaders as partners, donors, and volunteers. We can only eliminate inequity when all individuals reach their fullest human potential.

United Way of Coastal Carolina is devoted to learning, a willingness to evolve and expand these commitments as we lead the journey for equitable community change.

Adopted by United Way of Coastal Carolina Board of Directors on August 12.2021