About Us

United Way of Elkhart County was established in 1922.


A letter from the president:

In the days before modern harbors, a ship had to wait for the flood tide before it could make it to port.  The captain and crew waited until there was enough water in the harbor for them to safely dock.  The term for this situation in Latin was ob portu.  The English word "opportunity" is derived from this original meaning.

At United Way, we help families rise above challenges as we create opportunities for a better life.  These opportunities enable families to sail into good harbors such as financial stability or educational success.

If you are one of United Way's donors or volunteers, THANK YOU for you part in creating opportunities and inspiring hope.  If you are not involved, please join us as we flood our community with opportunities for a better tomorrow.

God Bless and LIVE UNITED,

Bill Rieth, President/CEO




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