About Us


The Watertown Area United Way is a non-profit community based volunteer organization whose purpose is to assist in meeting human care needs of  Watertown Area residents.

Three Key United Way Focus Areas

Watertown Area United Way supports agency programs who provide education for all ages, better health in all forms, and establish financial stability for Watertown residents.


2-1-1 Helpline Center

Single Care

Watertown Regional Library 

To view a full list of agency programs please visit the "Agencies & Outreach" tab or click here

To download a copy of the WAUW Bylaws click here.

The Watertown Area United Way funds 38 agencies and is a leader in the non profit and philanthropic community. The Watertown Area United Way goes beyond just raising funds for local non profits. It serves as a catalyst to encourage non profits to collaborate and work together to meet the needs of our community.

UWW Fast Facts

United Way seeks to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. 

United Way brings people together to build strong communities where everyone thrives. As one of the world's largest privately funded charities, we serve 95% of U.S. communities and 37 countries and territories; our humanitarian aid supports 48 million people every year. Through United Way, communities tackle tough challenges and work with private, public, and nonprofit partners to boost education, economic solutions, and health resources.

United Way is the mission of choice for 1.5 million volunteers, 6.8 million donors, and 45,000 corporate partners in more than 1,100 communities worldwide in our second century of service. Together, we are building resilient, equitable communities across the globe. 

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In addition, to 40 agencies  Watertown Area United Way puts on two important programs in the Watertown Area. The Dolly Parton Imagination Library and the Delta Dental Mobile are fully funded by Watertown Area United Way. Since 2002 the Dolly Parton Imagination Library has provided thousands of local youth ,ages 0 to 5 years old, a free book on a monthly basis. Currently, in 2022 there are 720 youth in the program with applications coming in every day. 

Another program fully supported by United Way is the Delta Dental Mobile. Since the first visit in 2011 over 450 youth have received dental care at no cost to the family. From the first tooth to 21 years of age Watertown youth are provided preventative, diagnostic, and restorative dental procedures. No insurance is needed for this program. The value of dental care done in 2019 was $33,839 and 49 youth were served. Even with the obstacles presented in 2020 with COVID-19 the Dental Mobile was still able to come to Watertown. In 2020, $28,498 in care was provided to 56 youth and in 2021, $77,908 to 90 youth. In 2022, The Delta Dental Mobile will change location to the Watertown Area Regional Library located at 160 6th Street NE, Watertown, SD 57201. 

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1970                       United Way of Watertown, Inc. formed.   Prior to this it was called Community Chest.

1984                       $100,000 raised for the first time

1987                       United Way Accounts are computerized and Loaned Executive Program Implemented

1988                       $200,000 is raised for the first time

1989                       Heart Club Program implemented (leadership giving)

1989                       Employee giving exceeds corporate giving for the first time

1993                       $300,000 raised

1996                       $471,000 raised

1998                       Campaign Divisions were revised, $500,000 raised for the first time

1999                       $531,532 raised

2002                       $590,000 raised

2005                       $637,472 raised

2006                       First Chrome Cruise with Harley Davidson held.  Full time Executive Director hired

2009                       $671,512 raised – First ever United Way Radiothon held with KXLG 99.1 FM

2014                       United Way raises over $725,000 for the first time

2016                      The Watertown Area United Way had it's most successful campaign to date with the addition of the Montgomery's Room Makeover Sweepstakes, raising over $740,000

2020                      Watertown Area United Way celebrates 50 years of serving the Watertown Area community.

2021                      The "Unwrap the Future" Pop-Tart, United Way Worldwide $2,500 grant is awarded to a Florence, SD teen recipient.  (Florence High School student wins national award and $2,500 grant - Go Watertown)

2022                       New campaign signs were built and added a new sign location.

GuideStar Profile Seal of Transparency 2021

2022 Membership

GuideStar Profile 2022 Seal of Transparency