A Short History Of Our United Way
The United Way traces its roots to 1887 when clergy in Denver, CO wanted to help families who had traveled to the Rocky Mountains looking for work in the mines and ended up in poverty. They organized a fundraising campaign for ten charities. The idea of a single effort to raise funds for many charities was an appealing one and it spread to other communities.
The United Way of Ashtabula County began in 1920 through the efforts of labor and civic leaders and volunteers from local charities. We were known then as the Ashtabula Community Fund. In 1938 we bacam the Ashtabula Community Chest and adopted the Red Feather as our symbol. We bcame a local affiliate of United Way in 1974, thus becoming the United Way of Ashtabula County.
Our role is similar to the group that formed in Denver so many years ago. We hold an annual fundraising appeal and the money supports local charities. However, we do more to assess the needs in Ashtabula County and our priorities are programs that focus on Education, Income and Health..the building blocks of a successful life. Our United Way will evolve as local needs change but one thing that won't change is our commitment to making Ashtabula County a better place for everyone.