Our Focus


Capital Area United Way (CAUW) envisions a community where everyone is empowered to reach their full potential. Our mission is to solve our community’s toughest challenges by leveraging partnerships to advance the common good in education, income, and health. In pursuit of this mission, we seek to partner with the most efficient and effective service providers in the Capital Region.

A total of 11 priority areas were developed with information gathered from community conversations, 2-1-1 data, and stakeholder engagement. These priority areas reflect the investments CAUW will make through direct service programs in the 2019-2022 funding cycle that runs from July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2022.

We continue to engage our community through Community Conversations.  Click here to join the conversation.


Our Impact in the Community

To see our impact in our 10-Parish service area, visit our Resource Center for the various parish level pages.


Education Priority Areas

Early Childhood Success: increasing school readiness; increasing emotional health

  • Early Ed Week

Youth Success: increasing attendance, academic success, and career awareness/job readiness


Economic Mobility Priority Areas

Increased Employment Opportunities: increasing job readiness and employment with the potential for advancement or other benefits

Financial Education: increasing access to affordable financial products; increasing disposable income

Affordable Housing: increasing access to permanent housing and benefits to defray the cost of housing

Tax Services: 


Health Priority Areas

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: increasing physical activity and access to nutrition; increasing access to preventative medical care through assessment and education

Behavioral Health and Wellness: increasing access to behavioral health assessment and treatment; decreased risk taking behaviors


Basic Needs Priority Areas

Access to Food: number of meals served; amount of food distributed directly to individuals and families

Access to Emergency Shelter: number of shelter nights; increasing access to temporary housing; emergency assistance to prevent eviction/homelessness

Access to Transportation: increasing transportation solutions for individuals

Access to Family Supports: increasing access to short term supports for families to create stability