To unite people of Western Nebraska to build a stronger, healthier and more compassionate community.
In 1945 a small group of volunteer businessmen formed the Scottsbluff Community Chest, now known as United Way of Western Nebraska, an independent fundraising association, its purpose was to raise funds for ten prominent community charities. The first campaign raised $26,359, which which was distributed among those ten agencies. Throughout the years, other agencies have joined our association. Agency names changed, agencies merged and some simply no longer exist. Today there are 15 member agencies through the main office, including one of the original agencies, Boy Scouts, 9 member agencies in Box Butte County and 4 member agencies in Dawes County.
As population has grown, so has the needs of our community. United Way of Scotts Bluff County was formed to help meet many of those growing needs. In 2004, the organization expanded to cover more of the Nebraska panhandle becoming United Way of Western Nebraska. Due to the specific needs in the Alliance area, United Way of Western Nebraska was opened soon after. In 2016, the service area of Box Butte County was expanded to include Dawes County.
In 2018-2019, $452,901 was raised in the annual campaign. The United Way of Western Nebraska with a service area of Cheyenne, Morrill and Scotts Bluff Counties raised $347,824 of that total with Box Butte and Dawes Counties raising $105,077. Since our humble beginning the United Way of Western Nebraska has raised more than $11,397,900 to help those in need and in building a stronger, healthier and more compassionate community...the United Way!
Our Service Area
United Way of Western Nebraska has two offices to better assist the communities we serve. The main office is at 1517 Broadway, Suite 106 in Scottsbluff with a satellite office at 723 Flack in Alliance. The main office focuses on the needs of the communities in Scotts Bluff, Morrill and Cheyenne Counties. The office in Alliance services the area of Box Butte and Dawes Counties.