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History

United Way of the Desert has been serving residents of the Coachella Valley for more than 70 years. Prior to 1972, the Valley was served by two separate and independent United Way Oganizations - United Way of Coachella Valley and United Fund of the Desert Communities.
 
In 1972, the volunteer leaders of the two United Ways formed what is known today as the UNITED WAY OF THE DESERT which covers the entire Coachella Valley. United Way of the Desert serves the cities of Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, and the unincorporated area from the Banning Pass to the Salton Sea. The population base served accounts for more than 410,000 people.
 
In 2007, United Way of the Desert expanded its service area to include the Morongo Basin including the 29 Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. Funds raised in the Morongo Basin Area will be used to support human and health care needs in the Morongo Basin.
 
We are proud to be one of the Desert's oldest non-profits, and one that collaborates with partner programs and agencies to provide support across a continuum of needs to our most vulnerable residents.