Our History

United Way of St. Lucie & Okeechobee has been in operation since 1962. For over 60 years, it’s been viewed as effective, efficient, and experienced in understanding and providing for health and human services needs in St. Lucie County. It was founded by local community leaders to support the health and welfare of the community. United Way recruits' individuals and organizations that bring passion, expertise and resources needed to improve lives. We provide the most comprehensive range of health and human services needed in St. Lucie & Okeechobee counties. Our organization is uniquely positioned to provide resources to a broad range of nonprofit service providers while holding each of them accountable for producing real, measurable results. Each service provided by United Way and our Funded Partners is critically important to the overall health and well-being of our community. Every year, United Way dollars touch the lives of tens of thousands of individuals and families in our community by creating opportunities for a better life for all.
Our foundation was humble, with the organization taking root to connect those most in need with those who felt a deep desire to give back to the place they called home. Even after a half-century of serving this community, the goals of this organization remain firmly engrained in that simple principle.  It’s the core of our mission: to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community.