Helping children and adults achieve their potential through education.


Helping families become financially stable and independent.


Improving people’s physical and/or mental health.


Timely short-term assistance for food, shelter, clothing, utilities, daycare, furniture, transportation, and referral services.

United We Make  A Difference

Help Us Help Others

Please support our 2024 Funding Campaign.

Every donation, every size helps us reach our goal of $200,000. These funds support programs here in Erie County, providing critical funding for programs and services in all our Erie County communities.

What exactly does United Way of Erie County DO?

…watch the video below to find out!

2022 Sandusky Regional School coin drive donation

“When we Live United, we don’t just change lives. We change what’s possible.”

Giving should always be a personal matter and decision. It is believed that the most responsive contributors are those who have the opportunity to become informed and involved. United Way is independently operated and governed. This allows us to best serve the individual and varied needs here in Erie County. We serve and support the following communities: Sandusky, Castalia, Milan, Huron, Vermilion, Berlin Heights, Bellevue, Bay View, and Kelly’s Island.

“What does United Way do?” “Who are we?” United Way creates the opportunity for a better life for all by building stronger communities where people work together and live united.  We partner with people like you, and the institutions you are part of such as employers, faith organizations, educators, health providers, community leaders, youth and so forth. Education, Financial Stability, and Health are the pillars of our work. Big challenges aren’t solved one nonprofit at a time. Our partner agencies rely on the funds and support we provide them. We have the ability to help change the system so more entities in our very own communities can thrive. When United Way receives corporate sponsorships, donations, pledges, legacy gifts, alongside employers’ participation in our workplace giving program, it helps assure the availability of an entire network of services that no one agency alone can provide. With those contributions Erie County agencies are able to flourish.

At Sandusky Community Unity Service Event

Erie County has an abundant number of agencies providing care, support, and services to its residents. Previously, these resources were spread out among different lists and not readily accessible to those in need.  Erie County Cares is a new website with a comprehensive searchable database of community services to address the needs of the people in Erie County. The goal of this database is to be the first point of contact for individuals and families seeking information to provide resources and supportive services.

Want an easy way to help United Way of Erie County every time you shop for groceries?

You can now link your Kroger Plus rewards card to United Way of Erie County and we will receive donations from The Kroger Family of Companies based on your percentage of spending.

Here’s how you do it:

  1. Create an online account at An account is needed to participate in Kroger Community Rewards. If you already have an online account, simply link your Shopper’s Card to your account so that all transactions apply toward United Way.
  2. Link your Kroger Plus card to United Way. Sign into your online account. Search for United Way of Erie County, Inc. Enter the name or NPO number: WM450. Select United Way of Erie County from the list and click “Save.” Your selected organization will also display in the Kroger Community Rewards section of your account.
  3. United Way earns! Any transactions moving forward using the Shopper’s Card number associated with your online account will be applied to the program, at no added cost to you. Kroger donates annually to participating organizations based upon your percentage of spending as it relates to the total spending associated with all participating Kroger Community Rewards organizations.

The Ohio Opioid Education Alliance is a public-private partnership focused on raising awareness of the addiction crisis in Ohio. The Alliance is comprised of over 100 business, education, nonprofit, civic and government organizations. The Alliance’s objective is to challenge the mindsets of Ohioans, including reframing the approach to drug misuse prevention and eliminating stigmas associated with addiction and mental illness. Alliance members work together to make a difference in each of their respective areas of influence.

Contact United Way of Erie County


135 E. Washington Row, Ste. C, Sandusky, OH 44870