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About Us

Vision and Mission

At United Way WA our vision is a future where every person is empowered to grow, through education, financial stability and healthy living which are the building blocks for a happy life.

Our mission is to work together to empower and unite communities for positive change. We tackle entrenched community issues by working with our community partners. Therefore we are able to address complex social problems for long-lasting change.

The social outreach programs we are currently delivering to the Perth community are Re-Engaging in Community, Empowered for Employment, Mentoring 2 Work, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Paint the Town REaD. Please consider a donation of your time or money to keep these amazing programs alive.

Our History

United Way WA is proud to be one of nearly 1800 United Ways in more than 40 countries and territories around the world.

Globally, United Way has been improving lives and strengthening communities for more than 125 years.

We are supported by 70,000 companies, including more than 280 Fortune 500 corporations because we have a proven track record of positive impact and continuous innovation.

Together United Way impacts more than 61 million lives every year!

Latest news in the United Way WA world:

The team at United Way WA were so honoured to celebrate another year of our transformative program ‘Empowered 4 Employment’ last Thursday night.
Thank you to the amazing people that came along and made it a night to remember!
The fundraiser, sponsored by UWWA long-term partners Novata Solutions, highlighted how Family Domestic Violence can effect survivors in the home and workplace, and how as a community we could implement change in our everyday lives to support them.
A huge thank you to keynote speakers Tania Cecconi, Robyn Westgate, Darcee Shulze and our very own Justine Roberts, plus some of our amazing E4E participants and volunteers who spoke of their own extremely heartening experiences.
Another massive thank you to Herbert Smith Freehills for their continued sponsorship of this program and Ian Hale for providing such a stunning venue with The Backlot Perth. Also BODHI Wellness Spa Retreat and Odyssea City Beach for providing such generous vouchers to be included in the raffle prizes!!
One of the favourite thoughts of the night came from Community Impact Manager Justine Roberts, talking about how the program empowers the participants to slowly release their layers, allowing them to open up and reveal the jewels of their personalities, just like a pomegranate ❤
As we approach the end of the financial year, please consider a donation to this program:
ORDER OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL AWARDED
WOW! What an exciting honour for this outstanding human!
Barbie Bates has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list, with an Order of Australia Medal for her service to children.
Barbie has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of children across Australia, most recently as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Paint the Town REaD
When speaking to Barbie following the announcement she said:
‘I am overwhelmed to receive this honour. Close to 30 years ago I attended a graduation service at Batchelor TAFE college in the NT. As graduates went forward to receive their awards, they were preceded and/or accompanied by Elders and/or dancers from their Aboriginal communities.
There was a very strong sense that the graduates were representing their communities, as their communities had been crucial to them achieving their success and that they were receiving their awards on behalf of their communities.
A shared Award.
This is my sense about this honour. I am receiving it on behalf of, and because of, all in PTTR – from the Board to all the volunteers across our 90+ communities. It belongs to us all.’
United Way WA want to acknowledge all the support Barbie has given the PTTR WA community over the last 8 years.
A wonderful leader allows everyone else to shine.
Yes, we are a team but Barbie’s wisdom, knowledge, gentle guidance and sheer hard work has been instrumental in all WA PTTR communities. Providing the absolute best practice learning environment for children in our communities.
We are so excited to see Barbie receive this well deserved honour.

Annual Reports

The United Way WA Annual Report provides information about our impact, achievements and growth over a calendar year.

To download a PDF copy, please click the link below.

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Meet the Team

Kath Snell

CEO

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Ria Ferris

Service Delivery Manager

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Justine Roberts

Community Impact Manager

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Christy van de Kar

Volunteer and Event Officer

Caroline Taylor

Fundraising and Marketing Consultant

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Sarah Moody

Finance Consultant

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Wendy Hudson

Community Worker

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Meet The Board

Libby White

Chair

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Jade Furness

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Michele Rawlins

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Anthony Sciorilli

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Aishwarya Srinivas

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Nick Loke

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