Welcome To The United Way For Cortland County

We improve the lives of individuals and families in Cortland County by uniting the resources of donors, volunteers, and agencies.

Phone: (607) 756-5639

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"You Can Make A Difference, You Can Make A Change. Start By Helping Today."

About Us

The solutions we create for communities around the world go beyond short-term charity for a few. When United Way’s support for Community Schools helps increase the graduation rate in the Vallejo City Unified School District by 11 percent in just three years, it’s not just the students, or even just the families of those students who benefit. Those proud graduates now have a much better chance of landing a job that pays a livable wage, of staying out of trouble with the law, and of living longer, healthier lives — and that translates into a safer, healthier and more prosperous community for everyone.


In 1887, a Denver woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi got together… It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but they didn’t walk into a bar; what they did do was recognize the need to work together in new ways to make Denver a better place.

Frances Wisebart Jacobs, the Rev. Myron W. Reed, Msgr. William J.O’Ryan, Dean H. Martyn Hart and Rabbi William S. Friedman put together an idea that became the nation’s first united campaign, benefitting 10 area health and welfare agencies. They created an organization to collect the funds for local charities, to coordinate relief services, to counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and to make emergency assistance grants for cases that could not be referred. That year, Denver raised $21,700 for this greater good, and created a movement that would become United Way.

Cortland United Way

Community Impact

We are very excited to be transitioning to a new funding model called Community Impact. Moving away from the traditional member agency model will allow us to become an active partner in solving community problems, rather than acting strictly as a fundraising organization. Instead of guaranteeing funding to member agencies, grants will be awarded based upon the impact a program is making in our community. We will focus on three areas that we feel are of the greatest importance in Cortland County – Family Support, Health, and Income.

The application process will be open until April 29th and any local 501c3 nonprofits administering health and human service programs in Cortland County are eligible to submit an RFP.

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Make A Difference Today

Every last donation counts, help provide aid to your local Cortland community.