The ‘NEW’ United Way of Orange County

Adrianne Geiger Dumond

Adrianne Geiger Dumond



I recently heard an excellent presentation by the United Way of Orange County that described their evolution over the past few years from ONLY funding agencies to mobilizing the community to change current conditions. The process they engaged in has been very well thought out with community leaders and includes specific measurement goals until the year 2024. They have been conducting community assessments and program outcomes to determine which areas on which to concentrate.

They have established goals in four (4) main areas after deciding these were the most critical – Education, Income, Health, Housing – with needs for long-term solutions.

I want to share some of their staggering statistics:

  • 22% of Orange County (OC) families live in poverty-$32,500/family of 6
  • 37% of OC neighborhoods lack financial stability
  • More well paid jobs today in OC than before the recession
  • Less than 1 in 5 OC jobs pay more than ‘well paid’ threshold – $81,000
  • Housing -hourly wage for a family to occupy a 1 bedroom unit – $25.46
  • 64% of OC jobs paying less than ‘housing’ wage of $25.46
  • Good news for high school drop out rate – United Way efforts have taken the rate from 9.5% (2011) to 6.7% (2013-14).

I recommend going to the United Way of Orange County website to clarify the source for any of these statistics used here. The website has much detail about their ‘collective impact’ process and also information about their many partners.

Author:  Adrianne Geiger DuMond, Executive Coaches of Orange County,