United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties has been improving lives and strengthening the communities of Lake and Sumter since 1967.

We have worked together with our network of donors, partners, and volunteers to generate and amplify resources and advocate for policies that improve the quality of life for all. As a convener in Lake and Sumter Counties, our desired impact is to work alongside local neighborhood leaders, identify community priorities, create a resident-driven neighborhood strategy, and stabilize our community to improve the quality of life for all of our neighbors.

Our Impact

United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties strives to close gaps and open opportunities so everyone can thrive. We connect partners, donors, volunteers, and community leaders to tackle the root causes of our community’s most complex challenges while making a positive impact in the lives of our community members. Our impact areas are:


Education is the key to opportunity and every child deserves the chance to receive a quality education. United Way helps more children access early childhood education, have the support they need to succeed in school, and be prepared for college and career.

Spent on 20 teachers in 10 early-childhood classrooms in the past year

Economic Mobility

United Way is focused on economic mobility, helping people and families to be financially secure. We’re working in our communities to ensure people have access to skill building and career opportunities that provide benefits, the opportunity for increased wages, career advancement, and more.

in mortgage and rent assistance distributed from January to December 2023

families received assistance from January to December 2023

distributed in utilities assistance from January to December 2023


Being healthy includes physical, mental, and social well-being. United Way focuses on community needs including efforts to improve maternal and child health, increase access to healthy food, boost mental health support, and more.


of Florida adults are experiencing a mental illness. That's 3 million adults.


Statewide, nearly a third (32%) of the state’s 19-64 year-olds living below 200% of the FPL are uninsured.


Blacks and Hispanics make up a combined 43% of Florida’s population, they account for a full 56% of the total nonelderly uninsured population.

The United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties would like to thank some of our generous donors!

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