Desert Communites United Way Merges

On June 17, Desert Communities United Way (DCUW) held a gathering to announce it’s merge with Inland Empire United Way (IEUW) of Rancho Cucamonga, forming a larger organization that will better serve the needs of both regions. In addition to the Pomona Valley and East San Bernardino County, IEUW’s service area will now include DCUW’s high desert region including Victorville, Apple Valley, Hesperia, Adelanto and surrounding areas. The organization will maintain local offices and dedicated staff in both Rancho Cucamonga and Apple Valley. “Our mission is to invest in the lives and futures of those in need in the Inland Empire, and we look forward to partnering with local agencies, residents and businesses to help even more individuals in the high desert over the coming years,” said Bob Cole, Chairman of the IEUW Board of Directors. The merger is designed to stem a decline in DCUW’s annual budget and to create synergy between the two organizations which already share a common vision and several similar programs. The organizations’ leaders expect greater efficiency and effectiveness as a result of shared operations including Kids Pack, School Tools, HandsOn Inland Empire and 211 San Bernardino County. Following months of careful planning by the DCUW and IEUW Boards, the merger will result in the development of the Desert Communities Region of the Inland Empire United Way. Carrie Thomas was named the new Executive Director of the DCUW’s Apple Valley office. Anticipated timing for the completion of the merger is June 2015. For more information, visit or

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