About Us

United Way Emerald Coast is a volunteer-based organization that brings individuals and groups together in a community wide effort to help people. We are a local charitable organization that partners with and raises money for local health and human care service providers. Our guarantee is that your gift to the United Way will be invested wisely. Every gift made is considered an investment in our community. We’re stronger together to change lives and create a better community by making a difference.


Envision a community where resources are aligned to ensure people are healthy, families are strong, and youth and adults are engaged in strengthening social bonds.


To serve donors, advocates and volunteers with the organization and leadership they require to provide financial stability, education opportunities, and healthy lives to their community.


Commitment to community success. We will inspire action to ensure each among us succeeds.

Accountability and transparency. We will be open and trusted stewards, accounting for our actions by executing against targeted standards.

Inclusiveness. We will advance our mission to improve lives by using the skills, talents and resources representative of the entire community.

Customer-centered. We will create incomparable customer experiences, conducting business with integrity and responsiveness beyond reproach.

Innovation. We will promote creativity and flexibility, encouraging ideas and rewarding risk, in all aspects of the United Way experience.

Operational excellence and continuous improvement. We will constantly strive to create efficiencies and improve process linkages to streamline our business practices.

What does it mean to Live United?

Live United is a call to action, a movement, a way of life. Live United is an invitation to become part of making a difference. Underneath everything we are, underneath everything we do, we are all people. Connected, interdependent, united. And when we reach out a hand to one, we influence the condition of all. That’s what it means to Live United.


United Way addresses the needs important to people who live and work in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, helping more than 75,000 people each year. Your dollars go far but not far away.


Through the extensive use of community volunteers, United Way is able to support agencies and their programs that improve lives. We maximize the impact of every dollar you invest.


Our partner agencies provide vital services and solve local community problems with effective outcome measurements – our commitment that your money gets results.


United Way is a proven, organized system that continuously evaluates our community’s diverse needs and directs funds to those areas that will have the most positive impact in our community, making United Way the expert in helping the most people.