For more than 50 years, River Valley United Way (RVUW) has been working to meet the needs of vulnerable families in our area. No matter the crises, we have always remained steadfast in our commitment to LIVE UNITED and take care of our community.

We are uniquely positioned to bring people, community partners, foundations, businesses, and government agencies together to build awareness of the challenges that poverty creates, focus on where the need is the greatest, and scale what works to create sustainable impact.


Improve lives, strengthen communities, and advance equity by mobilizing the caring power of people across our region.

We’re working hard to create a future where kids in our area are free from instability and worry so they can be free to play and discover, free to learn and grow. 
Free from poverty. Free to reach their potential.

Right now, 18% of Arkansas River Valley Residents live in poverty and 1 in 3 families can't pay for basic needs.

Those families must choose between:

• Rent or groceries
• Heat or healthcare
• Shoes or gasoline

Together, we can make our community a better place for everyone.

With your support, we can continue investing in our community's kids and families.


We envision an equitable, thriving, and united community achieved through collaborative leadership. 


We foster a culture of responsiveness and flexibility conducive to innovation in every area of the business.

We ensure that our policies, practices, and distribution of resources prioritize historically marginalized communities so that all members of our community thrive.

We meet our commitments and deliver high-quality, high-value results. 

We actively include and engage all members of the community so that our work can be informed and enriched by diverse experiences and perspectives. 

We are transparent, honest, dependable, and trustworthy in every interaction and as stewards of resources. 

We ensure that all of our work is for the good of others, both within the organization and in the community