About Us

Our Mission
United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

Our Goals
The goal of Paola United Way is to maintain and operate for charitable purposes only for the soliciting and distributing of funds to enhance the missions of community and area agencies.


  1. To solicit funds for agencies we represent
  2. To invest and expend funds and to distribute funds to agencies we represent.
  3. To create a more general interest in the service of those agencies that we contribute.

United Way of Paola

Serving all of Miami County and Northern Linn County

Over the past 34 years, the United Way of Paola has helped address health issues, basic needs and other community services in Miami County by raising and distributing over $1,000,000. Last year, United Way funded 17 local non-profit organizations for a total of $90,000. United Way uses a criteria for funding to make sure the donated funds are used to help organizations in their goals to impact our local communities in Miami County in one or more of the following categories; Education – Preparing children to enter school and graduate from school, Health – increasing access to health care, nutrition, and health environments, Income – increasing individual and family financial stability, and Basic Needs – assisting individuals and families with the basic needs in life; food, clothing shelter, utility services, etc.