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About Us

The United Way of Yuma County is dedicated to building our community through its partnership of volunteers and organizations.

To improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of community.

To build a caring community where all children and youth succeed, families are self-sufficient, neighborhoods are vital and safe, and all people enjoy maximum health and independence.

To do this we will:

  • Energize and inspire people to make a difference
  • Craft human care agendas with and across our communities
  • Build coalitions around these agendas
  • Increase investments in these agendas by expanding and diversifying our own development efforts and supporting those of others
  • measure, communicate & learn from the impact of our efforts

United Way of Yuma County provides funding to member agency programs for health and human services. The funding is determined related to Impact Areas as identified through the Measuring What Matters Community Assessment.

In 1887 Denver, Colorado was undergoing rapid growth and facing critical social needs. Four men formed what was known as the Denver's Charity Organization Society to do fundraising in support of ten local charities. This was the root of what eventually would become a national/international organization known as United Way of America.

In 1913, the first Community Chest was organized in Cleveland. This was the first true financial federation of charities to be organized under the original concept of holding an annual fund drive and was the first real predecessor of the United Way movement.

The inspiration to hold an annual drive to benefit local organizations came to Yuma in 1943. On May 10,1943 local civic leaders would organize what would be known as the Yuma Community Chest and during the Fall 1944 Campaign raised $10,728 to fund three local service organizations in Yuma County. The first organizations to benefit financially from the Yuma Community Chest campaign were the Campfire Girls, Boy Scouts and The Salvation Army.

With the onset of World War I the concept of supporting fund raising campaigns took hold and were know as War Chests. To promote the development of these War Chests the United States Congress passed the first War Revenue Bill, which allowed for the first time the deduction of charitable contribution from taxable income. During the onset of World War II, these campaigns would see their next major change. The concept of using payroll deduction to support organizations was first introduced into the workplace. This would become the heart of what would become the United Way campaign and is still to this day the heart of the United Way movement.

In 1950, the first national campaign slogan "Give the United Way" was first used and in 1963, Los Angeles was the first community to formally adopt the name United Way. Starting in the 70's, another major change was in development. Over the years several communities had developed their own individual campaign name. There were an estimated 137 different drive across the country conducting annual local campaigns with names such as Community Chest, Torch Drive, Joint Appeal, United Crusade and United Fund Drive. With the support of the national organization these campaigns rapidly saw the need to develop a support network while maintaining their independence. It was during this time that many campaigns across the nation were becoming members of the United Way of America network and in 1967 our organization formally became know as the Greater Yuma Area United Way. As years passed organizations developed in accordance with their own communities and so did ours. With so many outlying communities in Yuma County their was a need to show unified support to the outlying communities and at this time the organization formally became know as the United Way of Yuma County, Inc and since it's creation to-date has raised and distributed over $9,880,441 to local social service agencies here in Yuma County.

We continue to be members of the United Way of America network, which has association with over 2,300 independently autonomous United Way's across the country. Although United Way of America provides central information and resources to each organization all United Ways remain totally independent and self-governed by their own communities volunteer governing Board of Directors. It is this concept of being accountable to your own community, which allows local United Way the flexibility to address their own community's needs. The concept of local money raised here stays here still rings true today and allows us the flexibility to address the issues that matter most in our community by improving lives and delivering meaningful results.

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Eldon W. Dyer
YRMC - Diagnostic Imaging Director

2nd Vice President
Mark Hutsell
YRMC-Director of Patient Safety

Past President
Joel Schram
The Foothills Bank

1st Vice President
Dennis Light
City of Yuma Fire Department

Lynn Dalbey
Retired Citizen

Board Members

Renee Dinwiddie
Blue Cross Blue Shield of AZ

Kirsten Brock
Southwest Gas Corporation

Andrea Bereznak
Arizona Public Service

Raul Mendoza
Housing Authority- City of Yuma

Madeleine Coil, President CEO
Karina Jones, Director of Resource Development and Marketing
Yolanda Renteria, Director of Community Impact
Danielle DeBoard, Director of Finance and Administration

Partner Agencies

Adult Literacy Plus of Southwest Arizona
Diana Santoyo, Director
825 S. Orange Avenue
Phone: 928-343-9363
Fax: 928-539-1918
Emails: [email protected]
GED preparation & ESL classes
Association for Supportive Child Care (Kith & Kin)
Rosy Taylor, Program Specialist

180 West 1st Street, Suite B
Phone: 928-783-0515
Fax: 928-782-5463
Email: [email protected]
Childcare injury prevention
Arizona's Children Association
Candy Espino, Yuma Regional Director
3780 S. 4th Avenue, Suite K
Yuma, Arizona 85365
Phone: 344-8800
Fax: 344-8837
Email: [email protected]
Increases the number of children who enter school ready to learn.
Assistance League of Yuma
Operation School Bell
Karen Griffin
1054 S. 4th Avenue
P.O. Box 4056
Yuma, AZ 85366
Phone: 928-257-5217
Email: [email protected]
Serving the emotional and physical needs of children and adults.
Campesinos Sin Fronteras
Emma Torres, Executive Director
143 North State Avenue
Somerton, AZ 85350
Email: [email protected]
Empowers the Hispanic, low-income population in Yuma through education and advocacy.
Catholic Community Services Western AZ
Sis. Betty Adams, Executive Director
690 E. 32nd Street
Yuma, AZ 85365
Phone: 928-341-9400
Email: [email protected]
Serves the needs of the elderly, individuals, families, vulnerable adults and victims of crime.
Child & Family Services of Yuma
Judy Smith, Director
301 2nd Avenue, Suite 3
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 783-0141
Fax: 783-0633
E-mail: [email protected]
Crisis Intervention Services
Temporary residential services & family counseling for children
Community Legal Services, Inc.
Kay Macuil, Managing Attorney, Yuma County Office
201 South 1st Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-782-7511
Fax: 928-782-0037
Email: [email protected]
Provides legal aid at no charge to eligible, low-income residents of Yuma County in civil matters.
Crossroads Rescue Mission
Bicycle Shop & GED/Vocational Programs

Myra Garlit, Executive Director
2291 E. Palo Verde Street
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 726-0491 ext. 15
Fax: 928-314-0717
Email: [email protected]
Emergency homeless shelter providing services for life skills, adult education, substance abuse treatment, vocational rehabilitation, transitional living programs, case management services, restoring hope, lives and families.
Grand Canyon Boy Scout Council
Scouting in Yuma Program

Brett Bybee, District Director 1950 W. 3rd Street
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-782-1896
Fax: 928-782-1905
Email: [email protected]
Provides character building, citizenship training, and personal fitness by instilling values and ideals that prepare young people to make lifelong ethical choices.
Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona
Jonica Flores,
1950 W. 3rd Street
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-210-3629
Fax: 928-329-0293
Email: [email protected]
Serves through troop and individual experiences to foster self-esteem, health values, community responsibility and leadership.
The Healing Journey, Inc.
Estrella Fitch, Executive Director
7198 East 26th Place
Yuma, AZ 85365
Phone: 928-920-3760
Email: [email protected]
Serve individuals and families who have suffered from abuse and hope they can find safety and empowerment through peer support and prevention education.
Rodel Foundation of Arizona
Jackie Norton, President, CEO
6720 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 380
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
Phone: 480-367-2920
Fax: 480-348-0502
Email: [email protected]
Improving Arizona's pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public education system so that it is widely recognized as one of the best in the country by 2020.
Saddles of Joy Therapeutic Riding
Barbara Tomlinson, Director
2749 W. County 14th 85365
Phone: 344-3562
Fax: 726-6104
Cell: 246-6175
Email: [email protected]
Therapeutic riding program for physical, mental, emotional, and learning disabled children.
Saguaro Foundation
Mike Van Guilder, Executive Director
1495 S. 4th Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-783-6069
Fax: 928-782-0061
Email: [email protected]
Provides all aspects of care for developmentally disabled adults. building, citizenship training, and personal fitness by instilling values and ideals that prepare young people to make lifelong ethical choices.
SMILE Program
Services Maximizing Independent Living & Empowerment)
Home Modification & Adaptation Program

Laura Duval, Director
1929 S. Arizona Ave., Suite 12
Phone: (928) 329-6681
Fax: (928) 329-6715
Email: [email protected]
Provides services for people with disabilities, empowering them to achieve success.
Sun Sounds of Arizona
Arlene Kingery
1931 S Arizona Avenue, Suite 4
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-329-6681
Fax: 928-329-6715
Email: [email protected]
Information access service that broadcasts 24 hours/day to Arizonians who cannot read because of a disability.
The Freedom Library
Howard Blitz, Founder
2435 S. 8th Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-726-8050
Fax: 928-726-1105
Email: [email protected]
Promotes the ideas of liberty through its education and scholarship program by teaching the US Constitution.
Western Arizona Community Alliance, INC (WACA)
Thomas Ryan, Asset Developer
224 South 3rd Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364
Phone: 928-217-7165
Fax: 928-329-4248
Email: [email protected]
Provide the necessary resources and financial literacy to households as they work to achieve self-sufficiency.
Yuma Community Food Bank - Pack a Snack Program
Michael Ivers, Director
2402 E. 24th Street, Suite A
Yuma, AZ 85365
Phone: 343-1243
Fax: 782-7924
Email: [email protected]
Emergency food supplies for residents in crisis
Yuma WORC Center, Inc.
Deena Fetzer, Director
3250 A E. 40th Street (Site)
Yuma, AZ 85365
256 S. 2nd Avenue, #A (Office)
Phone: 783-0295
Fax: 329-1019
Email: [email protected]
Disabled and Senior Services
Provides vocational training and employment opportunities to disabled persons.
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Campaign support provided by Wal-Mart
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