About United Way

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Our Mission

United Way of Murray-Calloway County strives to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.

Our Goals

  1. Improve education, and cut the number of high school dropouts.

  2. Help people achieve financial stability, espesically lower-income families who are financially unstable on the road to economic independence.

  3. Promote healthy lives, and increase by one-third the number of youth and adults who are healthy and avoid risky behaviors.

These goals are ambitious, but with your help, and by utilizing our core strengths — a national network, committed partners and public engagement capacity — we can achieve them.


Our History 

  “Wouldn’t it be great if we had a United Way?”


These are the words that created the start of something wonderful. A small group of nonprofits in the Murray-Calloway County area found themselves growing tired of fundraising to survive, and therefore decided to reach out to begin the process that would ultimately lead to the creation of the Murray-Calloway County United Way in 1986. United Way was originally run by volunteers with a strong love of United Way, and a common goal of helping people.

Nationally, United Way was created over 125 years ago to mobilize the caring power of communities and make a difference in people's lives. At its inception, United Way collected funds for local charities and distributed them to relief services, cooperating agencies and emergency assistance grants. Since then, United Way has grown with our changing nation to continue to bring communities together around a common cause, a common vision, and a common path forward.





2019-2020 Partner Agencies


All of our local agencies are united under our mission: to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good and make Calloway County the best it can possibly be. The 8 United Way funded partners for 2019-2020 include:


The Senior Citizens Center encourages and assists senior citizens to lead independent, fulfilling lives in their own homes and to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to their mental, physical, and emotional well-being.


CASA by the Lakes  is an organization that recruits, trains, and supports quality volunteers whose mission is to advocate for the timely and safe placement of abused and neglected children, while offering encouragement, stability, and hope during a complex and critical time in the lives of these children.



Angels Community Clinic provides health care for the working uninsured of Calloway County.




Lotus Sexual Assault Resource and Children's Adovocacy Center provides comprehensive trauma-informed intervention services assisting child and adult victims of sexual violence.


Gentry House assists families struggling with homelessness to transition into more stable, permanent housing. Outcomes are achieved by connecting clients with employment opportunities, facilitating educational goals, and monthly budgeting/household expense controls.




Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center is committed to saving, building, and changing lives of those affected by domestic violence through crisis intervention, comprehensive advocacy and support, and economic empowerment programs.



Calloway County 4-H creates opportunities and supportive enviroments for youth and adults to become component, caring, civically-minded citizens.





Calloway County Extention Homemakers Association (Parent Education Workgroup)'s purpose is to improve the quality of individuals and families through community service, leadership development, and continuing education.