Equity is when all are

Help support our goal to create a more equitable society where everyone in our community has fair and equal access to health, education, and economic opportunity.

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Upcoming Annual Events

At United Way NCA, we deliver and manage evidence-based programs that are designed and implemented through a racial equity lens. These programs are based on community wants and needs, and they achieve measurable and meaningful outcomes for which we can all be proud. Learn more about our programs and how you can get involved in helping us build a more equitable National Capital Area. Then, sign up for our volunteering platform today to stay engaged.

Stuff the Bus

August 7, 2024

United Way NCA’s Stuff the Bus campaign provides backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies to middle school students.

Tee Up for Equity

September 18, 2024

United Way NCA and the Loudon County Regional Council are committed to changing the lives of people and families in Loudoun County and across the National Capital Area.

What We Do

When none are ignored, all will thrive.

United Way of the National Capital Area improves the health, education and economic opportunity of every person in our community, regardless of race, gender, income or ability. We are committed to reducing disparities and inequities in our region by mobilizing all sectors of the community to create a more equitable future for all.
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Community Commitment

From 2016 to 2020, our Community Commitment has served 327,675 residents.



From 2016 to 2020, we served 23,167 students and families through an integrated approach to health and wellness.



From 2016 to 2020, we helped 14,547 low-income middle school students transition to high school and perform at grade level through our 13 Title I Community Schools across the region


Economic Opportunity

From 2016 to 2020, 102,419 clients received free financial coaching and tax preparation services resulting in $103.5 million in tax refunds.

ALICE Reports

ALICE, a United Way acronym that stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, represents the growing number of individuals and families who are working but are unable to afford the basic necessities. We use these reports as the framework for our work in creating equity.


Our Focus

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We provide health resources to those who need it most, promoting physical and mental well-being by removing systemic barriers to food security, physical exercise and healthy eating, and mental health education and services.

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We focus on the education pipeline from middle school to college and/or career success. Working in Title I schools, we address attendance, behavior and course performance through our Community Schools program.

Economic Opportunity

We provide residents with economic opportunity and remove barriers to stable and affordable housing through our Financial Empowerment Centers, helping individuals take control of their finances. From tax assistance in DC to opening bank accounts, we’re here for our community.

Take Action

Give. Advocate. Volunteer.

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Your donation goes to community programs and initiatives that need it most, providing young people with academic and social support, training adults for jobs that pay a family-sustaining income and connecting people in need to medical care, housing and other basic support.

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Raise your voice and take action! Spread the word about our life-changing work and share your story with others about why you support United Way NCA.



Whether it’s for an hour, a day, once a week or monthly, you can create tremendous impact in our community by participating in our in-person and virtual volunteer events.

Our Stories

See our impact through the stories of lives we’ve touched.

Zenani Russell – From Struggle to Stability

In the midst of financial strain, increased costs of living and the undeniable challenge of being a single mother, Zenani Russell found herself struggling to meet the overwhelming demands of daily bills and necessities.

Kavonnie Hines – From Struggle to Stability

Kavonnie faces the unique challenge of being a single mother of three and raising a child with special needs. She currently works part-time as a Starbucks manager in Arlington, VA to keep her family afloat while navigating a complex web of red tape.

Thrive United 365 and Sentara Healthcare Address Healthcare Access in Northern Virginia

Now that DEI education is becoming more accessible, United Way of the National Capital Area wanted to put Americans’ knowledge of common DEI terms to the

Give With Confidence

United Way NCA is highly rated for both management and transparency.

GuideStar Award
Charity Navigator Award
MacKenzie Scott Award
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