United Way for Greater Austin and United Way of Williamson County, who combined serve 10 counties in the Central Texas region, have joined forces!
David C. Smith, CEO of United Way for Greater Austin, will serve as CEO of the newly merged organization. The expanded organization will be named United Way for Greater Austin, with a mission to “bring people, ideas, and resources together to fight poverty in our community.”
“As the Austin metro area grows, the boundaries between Travis and Williamson counties continue to blend; many people work in one and live in the other,” said David C. Smith, CEO of United Way for Greater Austin. “For our communities biggest challenges, more and more people are finding regional solutions optimal. This merger will help us better and more efficiently serve our regional community, while expanding and deepening our impact for our neighbors who are working hard but still struggling to make ends meet. Together, we can do more.”
The merged organization offers services that:
- Ensure families with young children are financially stable
- Provide quality early learning opportunities for children and students
- Connect people to resources for food, health, housing, transportation, and more
This merger will allow for programs across our region to be upgraded, updated, and strengthened.
“Integrating the services and expertise of our two organizations will help us better and more efficiently serve our community, both in Williamson County and the region,” said Jodee O’Brien, former CEO of United Way of Williamson County. “This is an exciting growth opportunity for us both.”
The merger plan was first explored in 2019 and supported by Austin Together Fund. Since August 2021, United Way for Greater Austin has had a managing agreement with United Way of Williamson County, and has thoughtfully integrated the two organizations into one.