Our Work

United Way works to address our community’s biggest issues. The need is great, but our partnerships are greater.

What We Do

211 Helpline

Helping neighbors in need get connected to the right resources


Offering year-round opportunities to serve our community

Community Investments

Investing in our non-profit community to drive transformational change

Nonprofit Support

Empowering nonprofits through collaboration and innovation

Local Fundraising

Working with generous organizations and individuals to fund our work

Community Programs

Collaborating with on-the-ground partners to provide critical services

The Hard Truth

The Chattanooga regional economy is one of the fastest growing economies in the nation – yet it is among the worst in the country for economic mobility. Almost half of the children live in households that can’t afford basic needs. This alarming data comes from a measure called ALICE – Asset Limited, Income Constrained, and Employed. We use this data to understand the financial hardship of our neighbors so we can help close these critical gaps. We must work toward long-term stability for both parents and children in our community.

It Takes Connected Community

We partner with local agencies focused on empowering every individual to achieve their full potential where it matters most: where we live.

Learn United

In partnership with national non-profit Millions of Conversations, Learn United is a community-wide conversation series designed to ignite meaningful connections and foster intentional dialogue as we break down barriers across every corner of Greater Chattanooga.

Where We Work

We fund various initiatives in six counties around Greater Chattanooga – including Hamilton, Marion, Walker, Dade, Catoosa and Sequatchie. All funds are invested into the same community that contributed them. Our 211 helpline services extend further. See more about where 211 works here.   

Meet the Team

What we do could never be possible without committed and qualified individuals in every area of our work. We believe impact starts with what we do for each other, and we have an equipped and passionate team driving our mission forward. 

More Ways to Get Involved


Your donation stays local to support life-changing efforts in your own backyard.



Find opportunities to share your time and talents with those who need it most.



Share your voice to impact the education, stability and health of our neighbors.


Join the Fight

Behind all our work, there are people like you who get involved in big and small — but always significant — ways to ensure a better future for our families and communities.