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Change only happens when we step up and take action.

Turning a blind eye to hunger, education disparity, poverty and other issues doesn’t make them disappear. That’s why we’re confronting these challenges directly, through programs to improve the health, education and economic opportunity for every community member. Through your support, we can continue to build on accomplishments like these:


Children and families assisted through our health programs in 2020


Students served through character development programs and community schools in 2020


People benefited from tax services and financial empowerment centers in 2020


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See what equity means and why it matters.



Join the movement.

To help others and to be our best, we must practice being human. And just like learning the violin, the more we practice, the better we get. By setting aside a few minutes each day to share and act on what we’ve learned, we can shift paradigms, attitudes and tides.

Here’s how you can make equity a daily practice:


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Support our Programs

United Way of the National Capital Area is committed to creating a strong and vibrant community through our programs.

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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.

Equity Advocate

Become an Equity Advocate

This credential recognizes the holder’s commitment to improving the lives of individuals and families in their community.

Follow us on a year-long journey of practicing equity, with daily doses of sharable inspiration and information.



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