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United Way of Douglas County

Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Community
  • Crisis Support
  • Homeless & Housing
  • Race & Ethnicity


1307 Massachusetts StreetLawrence, KS 66044 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

The United Way envisions a thriving, healthy and resilient Douglas County. We are fighting poverty and improving lives by Uniting Douglas County.


Our vision is that all people have an equal opportunity to succeed. We focus on early education and jobs training as stairways leading to family-sustaining jobs for financial security, supported by healthy food and affordable housing. We believe that a community cannot be truly successful unless everyone in that community succeeds, most especially those with the least. We recognize structural racism and other forms of oppression have contributed to persistent disparities that United Way seeks to dismantle.

We work with residents, and public and private partners to co-create solutions that ensure everyone has the resources, support, opportunities, and networks they need to thrive. We commit to leveraging all of our assets (convening, strategic investments, awareness building, advocacy) to create more equitable communities.

United Way of Douglas County is committed to serving all people in Douglas County with dignity and respect. To 'Live United’ means supporting all people, celebrating the diversity of each individual including socioeconomic status, race and ethnicity, ability, age, religion, national origin, gender identity and/or expression, or sexual orientation.


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