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NonProfitView By Amy Vickery

United Way of Stanislaus County has been serving this community since 1953. Our mission has always been simple: enhance the community through programs that improve the quality of life. Recently we have narrowed our focus to greater impact the common good by highlighting education.

We partner with several agencies and support them in their endeavors, offering financial resources raised through company workplace campaigns. With our assistance, these nonprofits have a greater chance of achieving their objectives and are free to focus on what they do best…provide for the underserved. As a fundamental component of this partnership, we oversee these organizations to ensure the financial responsibility and integrity of each program we support through regular audits and outcome reports, respectful of our duty to be good stewards of hard-earned dollars entrusted to us.

Currently we partner with 24 local agencies in a collaborative effort to address the multiple hardships we face in Stanislaus County. Homelessness, child abuse, life limiting disabilities, hunger and literacy have been top priorities among the long list of afflictions many residents face. Last year, in collaboration with our partners, we provided over 630,000 services to people in this community.

Currently, Stanislaus County has a high school graduation rate that hovers around 75%. Through our new education initiative, we are collaborating with experts in education to identify obstacles students face and aggressively combat the county’s high dropout rate, leading to more opportunity, better jobs and a safer community.

Meeting the basic needs of those who are struggling remains a top priority for us moving forward. Because the needs continue to grow, we’ll need individuals living in this community to help us. If you are interested in an individual donation or starting a workplace campaign at your place of business, reach out to Amy Vickery at If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity, you can contact the Volunteer Center at 209-524-1307 or and they will find you the perfect match.

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Call 211 Stanislaus For Support! What 9-1-1 is to emergencies and 4-1-1 is to information, 2-1-1 is to crisis intervention. It is a call center that anyone in need can call and get a referral to literally hundreds of safety net services (help paying utilities, food, shelter, counseling services) Keep this info handy and tell someone who may need assistance.



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.