About Us


United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good.


United Way of Southwest Colorado improves lives by nurturing the collective caring power of our communities. We are a LOCAL nonprofit that works to improve people’s lives through Education, Health, and Financial Stability work. We envision a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential. Through our partnerships, we help approximately 21,000 people annually in Southwest Colorado to live better lives.

In United Way’s 45+ year history of service to SW Colorado, we have found that when people join together for the common good things change for the better. United Way targets barriers local families and individuals face that prevent them from thriving. Through our annual Community Investment process and AmeriCorps program, we have partnered with 38 local nonprofit agencies that are addressing these barriers every single day.


In 2008, United Way World Wide initiated a 10-year program designed to achieve the following goals by 2018:

  • Improve education, and cut the number of high school dropouts —1.2 million students, every year — in half.
  • Help people achieve financial stability, and get 1.9 million working families — half the number of lower-income families who are financially unstable — on the road to economic independence.
  • 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 Team. See All

Lynn Urban

President & CEO

Elise Savastano

Vice President of Operations

Al Huckins

AmeriCorps Program Director

Emily Huminski

Team UP Coordinator

Mike King

AmeriCorps Program Coordinator

Our Partners. See All