The United Way of the Tri-Valley Area supports non-profit programs through allocations that serve more than 12,000 people in Franklin County, Livermore and Livermore Falls. In addition, the United Way supports programs through grant writing, such as the Community Energy Challenge; a volunteer-based energy initiative designed to save money and energy by installing interior storm window panels. The United Way acts a clearinghouse, collecting donations from workplace givers, community members, and local businesses and corporations. This money is then redistributed to help agencies working in four areas of need: -Responding to Emergencies and Meeting Basic Human Needs -Strengthening Families and Children -Increasing Independence and Financial Stability Â and -Improving Health. Donors may also designate their money to any organization they like, including those outside the local community. Volunteers can contact the United Way to learn about a wide variety of volunteer opportunities throughout Greater Franklin County.