Every day, throughout Cecil County, our neighbors struggle with obstacles they can’t overcome alone. Homelessness, hunger, unexpected emergencies, and other barriers threaten the stability of families – and our entire community.

Join us in the fight to improve the lives of all Cecil County residents through BETTER HEALTH AND WELLNESS, INDEPENDENT LIVING, and EMPOWERING CHILDREN AND FAMILIES FOR SUCCESS.

The people of Cecil County need you now…more than ever. Can they count on YOU?



Dear Cecil County Community. It's remarkable to see how things have changed in the space of 6 months in my new role as Executive Director. I know that this past year has been challenging in so many ways for all, and devasting for some; and we want to reassure you that we are here to support as best we can; our Cecil County Children, Families and our Veterans. Here at United Way Cecil, we envision a world where every community is a reslient one, with family-sustaining jobs, good schools and a healthy environment for all. All around our community we engage people and organizations in community-led, innovative solutions that are turning vision into reality. 

We're not doing it alone. United Way of Cecil County is able to make lasting differences because we work together with strategic partners and local businesses  who share in our vision to improve the communities where our children and families live and work. As we've grown, we've become more than a fundraising organization. Rather than measuring our success in dollars raised, we measure our success in lives impacted. United Way of Cecil County makes life better for thousands of people every year.  United Way is evolving- but we haven't changed our focus on improving lives and strenthening communities. There are lots of ways YOU can be a part of this change... by Donating, Advocating and Volunteering. Any one of these choices make YOU a Champion. Your help can and will strengthen your community. When one lends a helping hand, there is sure to be many more to follow. 

United Way Cecil has been raising awareness while having some fun ,fun , fun with the children, families and veterans in our local communities. From spending time getting to know more about our Partner Agencies to hosting Kids Cuts Events, Volunteer clean up time with some of our Partner Agencies, Winning 1st place at the Spooktacular Fall Festival Event, to learning the ropes of being the new E.D. of United Way Cecil, it has been an amazing ride and I'm sure there will be many more memories and fun to be had, all while watching our Cecil County Community grow and thrive to it's FULLEST potential . .


Melissa Tapp

Executive Director | United Way of Cecil County

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Our Focus

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Successful Children and Families

No one can do it alone...and every family needs support, whether it's childcare, food, counseling or mediation services. United Way of Cecil County recognizes that strong families make strong communities. We invest in organizations and programs that are proven to be effective in targeting and empowering Cecil County children and families for success in school and life.

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Independent Living

It's more than just a paycheck. Independent Living involves making a living wage and having additional income to build wealth, save for assets, and break the cycle of poverty for the generations to come. United Way of Cecil County provides funding and supports to organizations and programs proven to be effective in preserving independence and quality for Cecil County residents.

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Health and Wellness

Good health is most determined by where we live, access to healthy foods, opportunities to safely be active outside, and a network that encourages us to maintain healthy habits. United Way of Cecil County provides funding and supports to programs promoting healthy eating and physical activity while expanding access to quality healthcare for ALL residents of Cecil County.

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Community Partners