United Way is working to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family, and good health.
Our goal is to build our community’s capacity to create long-lasting change that prevents problems from happening in the first place. We engage many community stakeholders and partner agencies, citizen volunteers, and loyal contributors to help us reach our goal.
We invite you to be part of the change. Together, united, we can inspire hope and create opportunities for a better tomorrow. That’s what it means to LIVE UNITED.
United Way has been at work in our Ocean County community for 36 years, helping people overcome life's challenges and become independent. For many of those years, we improved lives by investing in a network of agency programs across the county. Our community needed this safety net of services (which included things like soup kitchens and employment assistance) to help families close the gap during times of economic hardship.
We have helped by identifying and certifying agencies, and auditing charities so you know your money is being handled by a reputable organization. We raise funds to allocate to the programs that address county issues, act as a conduit for givers, and train the allocations volunteers to evaluate and determine the level of funding for each program.
But over time, community issues have grown much more complex. We're dealing with systemic challenges like healthcare access and affordable housing—things that can't always be solved through program funding alone. So today, in addition to funding the best agency programs, United Way also plays a leadership role in convening community officials, businesses, health and human service experts and others, to work together on special projects addressing our communities’ priority issues.