Our History

The Burlington Community Chest, Inc. operated from 1925 until 1973, when the name was formally changed to Burlington Area United Way, Inc. 

In 1995 the organization name was changed to: Burlington/West Burlington Area United Way, Inc, to include the communities surrounding Greater Burlington.

In 2024 we expanded our territory to service 20 zip codes across 5 counties in Southeast Iowa which prompted another name change to the United Way of Southeast Iowa.

Allocations to local service organizations in 1925 totaled $45,800. Today, the 2024 goal for allocations is $500,000.

Currently the United Way is directed by a volunteer 24-member Board of Directors, with a 9-member Executive Committee, and 2-full-time staff. The Executive Committee reviews all matters of the United Way and forwards recommendations to the full Board of Directors. Recommendations are voted on by the Board of Directors, whose decisions are final.

Throughout its history, the United Way has strived to assist local health and human service agencies to better the quality of life for the area residents.

In 2025, we look forward to celebrating our 100th year serving our local community!