Valley of The Sun United Way is breaking the cycle of poverty in Maricopa County by fighting for children, families, and neighborhoods. They bring partners together from every sector – public, private, and non-profit to collectively build a stronger Valley for us all.

What Valley Of The Sun United Way Does

  • Connecting volunteers to their passions
  • Working with select communities empowering them to develop their own act on plans
  • Uniting donors who want to create solutions
  • Fight for Kids
  • Fight for Families
  • Fight for Neighborhoods

How We Do It


There is no contribution too large or small. Your generous gift makes a real difference for children, families, and neighborhoods in Maricopa County.


By volunteering with United Way, you’ll not only work to improve our communities, you will enjoy a valuable and rewarding experience.

Join A Group

Our variety of affinity groups offers a space for everyone to unite in a way that fits their lifestyle, from college students to young professionals, retirees, and everything in between.

We Are United, presented by Women United, is our signature annual event to fund children’s hunger initiatives, such as WeekEnd Hunger Backpacks and Breakfast in the Classroom. These programs ensure every child is well nourished and ready to learn.

In May 2019, our community raised $481,000 at the We Are United Luncheon. Our community’s incredible desire to end hunger in the classroom resulted in more kids being able to focus on schoolwork because they had the proper nutrition. Kids were also sent home with meals over the weekend so they show up to school ready to learn on Monday.

Please join us for our event this year at The Phoenician on April 22, 2020 from 11:30-1:00. Our intent is to expand our reach to support children with meals during summertime learning programs.

Thanks to our generous donors, kids have food over the weekend and come to school Monday ready to learn. WeekEnd Hunger Backpacks are a way for children in food insecure homes to discreetly receive meals for their family before leaving school for the weekend. After we fill plastic bags with the items needed, thanks to the help of our volunteers, we deliver these bags to local schools each Friday so they can be taken home in a child’s backpack at the end of the day.

When breakfast is served in the classroom, there are fewer nurse visits, decreased overall tardiness, and less behavioral problems in class. Teachers can give hands-on lessons on the food groups and quality meals, offering an important educational experience and better relationship with food long term. We are giving children a better relationship with their food and a way to get the most out of their education, setting them up for success in life.

Our goal is to bring Breakfast in the Classroom to all schools in which 70% or more of students qualify for the federal Free and Reduced Lunch Program.