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Another Year for the Books.


Lives touched. Lives changes. Lives Inspired.

This is how we Live United.


Girls Excelling in Math with Success


The GEMS program was designed to improve content knowledge in mathematics for 7th grade girls and to encourage them to develop a passion for coursework in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Knowing that STEM related careers are higher wage earning careers, encouraging girls to pursue this field will disrupt the cycle of poverty.

This program supplements the learning opportunities of specific demographic groups considered at-risk for not being included in STEM related activities and future job opportunities. The long-term goal of the program is to encourage college interest with a vision of more young women pursuing STEM degrees and careers.

GEMS serves girls from the communities of Riverside, Moreno Valley, Perris, Banning, Beaumont, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta and Temecula.

This program will continue to adjust during this upcoming year. We are attempting to make it more convenient and interesting to our participating school districts, which will also support increased student participation. The adjustments include changes to our scheduling to not only fit the school calendar year, but to increase exposure to tours, competitions, other invitation only activities.

The American Society of Civil Engineers provided an opportunity for our girls to attend a special event of the "DREAM BIG" movie release at the California Science Center. The girls enjoyed the outing and the film!

Summer Camp was also a big success with GEMS graduates returning to mentor current GEMS students during the camp at Val Verde Elementary and accompanying the girls for the UCR tour.

We are proud of all that the girls have accomplished this year and look forward to watching them Dream Big and reach for the stars!

  • 70% math content knowledge Gain

  • 750 Girls enrolled

  • 7 school district partners

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FIT Programs: Financial Independence Training for Foster Youth


The FIT Academy program was created to address the financial barriers and challenges that plague current and former foster youth transitioning into life on their own.

The Foster Youth Financial Action Collaborative (FYFA) of United Way of the Inland Valleys has long recognized the need for increased financial literacy training for the 18 to 24 year old population, and assisting them with the transition into adulthood.

FIT Academy is a series that not only teaches college level financial literacy principles but also puts lesson plans into practice.  Each six-week series of classes is followed by an additional six-month savings practicum.

The FIT ACADEMY targets participants between the ages of 18-24 years old. These young adults have reached an independent age where they have the authority to choose whether or not they would like to participate in a program such as the FIT ACADEMY. Many of them are in college or working; many have children of their own; and a large percentage of them seem to change residence and contact information on a regular basis.

Most of them are in constant survival mode; adapting and evolving to ever changing circumstances, managing new responsibilities, facing and overcoming obstacles and challenges, and desperately trying to define their own unique identity as young adults.

Trying to keep up with them, stay connected, and be a guiding force in their lives, has been by far the most difficult task through this entire process. These youth want so badly to be independent, make their own decisions, and to become self-sufficient.

FIT ACADEMY is never a lecture; it is a conversation that starts on the first day, with the young adult at the center of the dialogue. The emphasis is placed on personal character at all times.

“What is CHARACTER?” The question resounds daily, in every classroom, throughout the program.

The result has been extraordinary. This emphasis on personal character presented a moral obligation for each student to take a personal responsibility for his or her own decisions. 

With personal character at the center of the conversation, students remained engaged and enthusiastic about the endless possibilities awaiting independence and financial self-sufficiency.

We truly believe that a character centered approach tied to a conversation-driven teaching style is the key to engagement.

And the results speak for themselves - participants have saved nearly $80,000 in the past three years.

We are so proud of the youth who have taken part in the program, and more importantly, have taken control over their future. We look forward to watching them grow and thrive.

FIT Graduates, May 2018

FIT Graduates, May 2018


Dollars Saved by FIT Participants

Amount saved during savings practicum, in thousands

CHARACTER is what you do when no one is looking. It defines who you are as a person, and will determine whether or not you can be trusted to make wise decisions for your life, including how you well you handle your finances.
— Cordell Thomas, Chief Impact Officer, United Way of the Inland Valleys

Workplace Campaign

US Bank Employees

US Bank Employees

The Toro Company employees

The Toro Company employees

Walmart Employees

Walmart Employees

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Murrieta Unified School District ECM

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The backbone of United Way is Workplace Campaign

Macy’s Employees

Macy’s Employees

Target Employees

Target Employees

78% of all contributions to United Way come from workplace campaign gifts. Employees come together to pool their resources on behalf of the community to improve lives. United Way was the innovator of this time-honored American tradition and continues to lead the way.

United Way is proud to partner with hundreds of local businesses, government agencies, global corporations, and small mom & pop shops to show the power of what it means to Live United.

And, for the second year in a row, United Way of the Inland Valleys was #1 in the state of California for campaign growth. This is thanks to the hundreds of employee campaign site managers who invest thousands of hours each year leading the campaigns at their worksites, and the thousands of donors who sacrifice to fight for the education, financial stability, and housing of each person in our community.

Together, we raised more than $3.5M to benefit our local community. Thank you!

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RivCo Kick Off

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Costco employees in Mira Loma

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Day of Action

Packing 113,000 meals

United Way partnered with Abbott in Temecula and other corporations to accomplish the impossible: packing more than 100,000 meals over two days for our community. Multiple shifts and hundreds of people came together to feed families for the summer. Thank you to everyone who participated, and we look forward to seeing you again on June 21st!

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Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.
— John F. Kennedy

2018-2019 Board of Directors

United Way of the Inland Valley is led by a volunteer Board of Directors who set policy and direction for the organization. They also provide fiscal management and oversight for the organization and devote many hours of service to the organization each year. Unlike many global organizations, United Way of the Inland Valleys is locally led and managed, and sets policy and goals relevant to the needs of this specific community.

Julianna Adams, MPA
Senior Civil Engineer
Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District

Ellie Bennett, Chair Women United
Volunteer & Community Activist

Lisa Brandl, MPA, CPPO
Chief Operating Officer, Executive Office
County of Riverside

Matt Burns
Bank of America

Bill Chamberlain
VP, Sales and Marketing
Raceway Ford

Tina Covington
VP Sales and Business Development
Altura Credit Union

Michael Crowe, Executive Committee Member
Divisional VP Worldwide Manufacturing Operations
Abbott Vascular

Evon Cutts
VP/Relationship Manager
Pacific Premier Bank

Veronica Dover
Chief Operating Officer
Family Service Association

Jennifer Fuller, CPA
Deputy Director, Human Resources
County of Riverside

Orion Goe, Development Chair
Marketing Manager

Tiffany Gomez, Board Treasurer
Babcock Laboratories, Inc.

David Hahn
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity San Bernardino

Dr. Martinrex Kedziora
Moreno Valley Unified School District

John Lapke, Board Secretary

Robert Masson
Riverside County Sheriff's Association

Marcia McQuern
Retired, Press Enterprise

Johnny Meneses
Regional Manager

Brad D. Neet, Chair Elect
CEO/Managing Director
UHS Southwest Healthcare System

Tom Nightingale
VP - Regional Sales Manager
Wells Fargo

Teri Parker, CFP
VP Financial Advisor

Barbara Purvis

CJ Smith, MPA
Project Manager
City of Riverside

Mark Tatum
Enterprise Executive

Dusty Williams, Board Chair
Retired, RivCo Flood Control & Water Conservation District


United Way of the Inland Valleys conducts an annual audit to help determine the fiscal strength of the organization and to ensure that all contributions are handled according to the highest GAP standards. We are proud of our work and invite our donors and friends to view our most recent IRS Form 990 here.

We are proud to be the #1 ranked United Way in California for year over year campaign growth for the past two years, and to be globally ranked in the top 10 for campaign growth for all United Ways. We are only able to achieve this success due to the work of our board, staff, and of course our marvelous and generous donors. Thank you for making this work possible, successful, and enjoyable!