Across the world, we build stronger communities by working in THREE areas that improve people’s lives:


We help connect youth with the education and support their need for good-paying jobs and lifelong careers. From helping young children succeed in school to helping older students move through to graduation. We help students of all ages continue to learn. 

Financial stability

Every day, people in our communities struggle with economic issues that may seem impossible to solve. We help both providing short term crisis assistance to providing long term financial stability and helping to prolong employment.


We help by creating healthier beginnings and healthier lives. These can be through helping make clients and their families aware of healthy choices available in the community or helping families living with illness receive care to improve quality of life.


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MyFreeTaxes helps people file their federal and state taxes for free, and it’s brought to you by United Way. File your taxes for free. Choose the filing option that works best for you.

Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

Gastonia, N.C. – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2023 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.The awards program, created by the Office of the Governor in 1979, recognizes North Carolina’s most dedicated volunteers. Through the years, the award has been bestowed...

The United Way of Gaston County appoints new leadership.

The United Way of Gaston County has appointed Andrea C. Stephens to serve as president and executive director. She assumed the position on August 1st and will be responsible for leading the United Way’s efforts to support organizations that are on the frontlines of...

2021 campaign

What we do is working

residents impacted through United Way funded programs

students advanced to the next grade or graduated

meals were served to those in need

prescriptions were purchased for those in need in Gaston County

Community Impact

To unite our community to help and care for one another.

United Way of Gaston County is working to create the most significant impact in our community by finding new, innovative solutions to age-old challenges. We go far beyond passive fundraising and take direct action; forming partnerships, and working to mobilize the best resources to achieve goals. Our aim is to be a convener for positive change,  Unite individuals, inspire them to join the fight to overcome our community’s most daunting social crises, and win.

We don’t shy away and we never quit. Your United Way  stands up for those that don’t have a voice and fights for them. Our aim is to improve lives of others by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Join us in the fight and help to achieve better health, education, and financial stability of every person in Gaston County.

Do you know what it takes to make ends meet in your county?

The Self-Sufficiency Standard identifies the cost of living for more than 700 families in all 100 counties across North Carolina. The 2020 report is now available for download

Can you afford to live in your county? The results might surprise you:


The United Way seeks to be the steadfast leader that all can depend on in the face of any issue and the source of real solutions. But we can’t do it alone. The United Way of Gaston County needs your intelligence, compassion, and direct action to make vision a reality. Through your purposeful donations and volunteerism, we can seek out the serious problems that plague our community and ACT. Together, as humans, we can live United.

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