Desert Communities Region


Desert Communities United Way has joined forces with Inland Empire United Way to form a larger organization that will better serve the needs of the high desert region. By combining operations, we are enhancing United Way's effectiveness, efficiency and impact throughout the High Desert region.

Inland Empire United Way
Desert Communities Region
16192 Siskiyou Road, Suite #4
Apple Valley, CA 92307
(760) 242-5370

Dollars Raised Here, Stay Here

Inland Empire United Way is committed to helping to strengthen the High Desert. Our local staff and office in Apple Valley are dedicated to identifying local needs, generating resources, and making a difference for High Desert residents. Community and business leaders on the Desert Communities Region Advisory Council provide guidance and leadership for United Way's efforts in the region.

Creating Lasting Change for Children and Families

Our mission is to engage the community to improve the lives and futures of those in need in the Inland Empire by investing in Education, Health, and Financial Stability. We are excited to bring that same focus to the High Desert and to help move more individuals and families from poverty to self-sufficiency. We are proud that 87% of every dollar is directed to program activities to help local residents.

Initiatives Benefiting High Desert Residents

2-1-1 San Bernardino County - Connecting families and individuals in need with health and social services through a free confidential phone line and website available 24/7. 15,000 High Desert residents helped in 2014-15. 

Kids Pack - Feeding 180 homeless and low-income children with a backpack of nutritious food every weekend during the school year, ensuring they are fed on Saturday & Sunday and show up to school Monday morning ready to learn.

School Tools - Collecting school supplies to stuff into backpacks and donate to needy students in our high desert communities at the beginning of each school year. - Helping residents to give back by connecting them with local volunteer opportunities.

FamilyWize - Helping High Desert families save $1,450,000 by reducing the cost of prescription medicine for children, families and individuals. 

Community Impact Partners - Changing lives by investing dollars in the following effective High Desert nonprofits: 

Boy Scouts of America (Inland Empire Council)

High Desert Child, Adolescent and Family
Services Center

High Desert Homeless Services

High Desert Outreach Center

The Lord's Table

Moses House Ministries

San Bernardino Sexual Assault Services

Samaritan's Helping Hand

Umbrella Latch-Key Program

Victor Valley Domestic Violence


Desert Communities Region Contacts

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Regional Director
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Development Coordinator
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