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.
Watertown Area United Way Bylaws
About the Watertown Area United Way
The Watertown Area United Way funds over 30 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.
Watertown Area United Way Community Outreach
In addition, to over 30 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. In 2019, there were 9,198 books sent out every month. Currently, in 2020 there are 699 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 cae at no cost to the family. From the first tooth to 21 years of age Watertoen 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 Waterttown.
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United Way Highlights
1971 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