Our mission: Uniting people and resources to improve lives in the High Country
Diversity and inclusion are central to our work. We welcome the participation of the entire community without regard to race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, gender identity & expression, disability, sexual orientation, veteran-status, familial status, or socio-economic status.
High Country United Way was established in 1978 as Watauga United Appeal. In 1997, the agency transitioned to High Country United Way and expanded to serving the citizen of Avery and Watauga Counties. High Country United Way added Mitchell County to the service area in 2016, and the agency is also the fiscal agent for donations in Ashe and Yancey Counties.
High Country United Way's mission extends beyond local funding opportunities. The agency has been instrumental in establishing multiple non-profits that continue to serve the community today.