Your United Way

The United Way has brought together people and resources to build a safety net to help meet the needs of our friends, neighbors, co-workers, and families.A constant reminder that when we as individuals think outside ourselves, we have the power to facilitate change. When we think of others’ lives as linked to our own, our compassion grows. When we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. We build the strength of our neighborhoods. We bolster the health of our communities. And we change the lives of those who walk by us every day.Everyone deserves opportunities to have a good life: a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.That’s why United Way’s work is focused on the building blocks for a good life:

  • Education – Helping Children and Youth Achieve Their Potential
  • Income – Promoting Financial Stability and Independence
  • Health – Improving People’s Health

Advancing the common good is less about helping one person at a time and more about changing systems to help all of us. We are all connected and interdependent. We all win when a child succeeds in school, when families are financially stable, when people are healthy.

United Way’s goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of these problems. Living united means being a part of the change. It takes everyone in the community working together to create a brighter future. Give. Advocate. Volunteer. LIVE UNITED.


Our History:
St. Marys has had a very unique situation in that there has been an organization similar to the Saint Marys Area United Way that is in existence today, since 1925. Though the Saint Marys Area United Way has had various names the concept has always been the same ~ People Helping People. The United Way model started in 1925 with the Community Chest, then in 1958 the Community Chest merged with the United Fund and in the 1970’s it became the St. Marys Area United Way. The United Way has enjoyed a stellar reputation as an organization that, year in and year out, has provided vital resources to the human service organizations that serve our area.

Bill Conrad, the Executive Director of the Stackpole Hall Foundation and an Honorary Board Member of the St. Marys Area United Way,  knows first hand as he coordinated the annual drive from 1972 until 1996, when Pauline Olson became the first Executive Director of the St. Marys Area United Way. Bill stated, “While my involvement was in the past, I have remained close to United Way activities; and I have observed just how critical the United Way remains as a vital funder of those organizations that are on the cutting edge of a higher quality of life for the citizens of our area.”

Kris Kronenwetter stated “that the theme of the first campaign in 1925 was “A Heart for All and All for the Heart.”  A community is only as strong as it citizens and I know the St. Marys area has a heart. It may be a theme from 89 years ago, but it is still relevant today.”

The United Way has provided funds for agencies that touch everyone’s life in the St. Marys Area from toddlers, children, families, special needs citizens, individual citizens and veterans.