United Way for Greater Austin and United Way of Williamson County announced Aug. 5 that they will merge, combining their 10-county Central Texas service region.

“As the Austin metro area grows, the boundaries between Travis and Williamson counties continue to blend; many people work in one and live in the other,” said David C. Smith, CEO of United Way for Greater Austin, in a statement. “This merger will help us better and more efficiently serve the Greater Austin community, while expanding and deepening our impact with a regional approach.”

The nonprofits have signed an intent to merge contract and are in the operational, financial and legal due diligence process, expected to wrap up by the end of 2021. Smith will carry on as CEO following the merger.

The combined organization will continue its mission of combatting poverty in the Austin area under the United Way for Greater Austin name. It expects to "upgrade, update and strengthen" its programs, which focus on bolstering the financial security of families with young children; providing children with learning resources; and meeting food, health, housing and transportation needs. www.unitedwayaustin.org