Goal: Help children and adults in our community thrive by being healthy and active.

For a community to thrive, its members must be healthy. For that reason, United Way NCA makes strategic investments in programs that provide adults and children with access to health and wellness care.

As health is central to academic achievement and families' ability to achieve financial stability, we embed a focus on health and wellness throughout our work. We also act as strong proponents for public policies that strengthen our efforts to help children and adults in the national capital area to be healthy.

Fun, Fly & Fit

The mission of Fun, Fly & Fit is to provide a solid foundation for children to make the right choices to keep them healthy, have fun, and improve their self-image.  Started in 2009, Fun, Fly & Fit began with a pilot program in seven D.C. schools.  During its first year, United Way NCA launched 18 new sites in the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, MD and Loudoun County, VA and by 2010 Fun, Fly & Fit was in 55 sites in D.C. and Northern Virginia, reaching more than 10,000 elementary school students.  In 2012, the U.S. Department of Education awarded United Way NCA a three-year, $1.2 million grant, provided funding to implement Fun, Fly & Fit at 16 schools in Prince George’s County, MD.


United Way NCA supports families in meeting their basic health needs (including finding food and shelter) by connecting them with community resources through our 2-1-1 initiative. This free, non-emergency telephone number connects more than 450,000 people in the District of Columbia, Virginia and Maryland to human service information and referrals.


If you need help paying for your prescription medications, there’s hope.

Prescription medications can be extremely expensive. To ease the burden for individuals and families United Way NCA offers discounts on prescription medications through the free FamilyWize discount card.

With the FamilyWize card there are no forms to fill out, there is no waiting period and no registration. The card serves as a reusable coupon on FDA-approved medicines.

There are three ways to get your FamilyWize card: 1) Print your card, 2)  download the FamilyWize app for iPhone or Android, or 3) call FamilyWize at (800) 222-2818 to have a card mailed to you.

For nonprofit organizations that wish to hand out cards to your clients, please feel free to contact our FamilyWize liaison, Amber Knecht, by email at or by calling (800) 222-2818, ext. 125.

Learn more about how FamilyWize works, look up your medications to see how much you can save with the card, and read more testimonials at