Metro United Way

The mission of Metro United Way is to improve lives and our community by engaging people to give, advocate and volunteer.

Our vision is a community whose people achieve their fullest potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives.

War Chests Formed

In 1918, War Chests were formed during the World War I era to provide relief for the armed forces and their families, as well as refugees in Europe.

First Campaign

During the first campaign, which was door-to-door canvas for donations, volunteers raised $108,000 from 5,450 contributors; distributed to 25 charter agencies.

Metro United Way Begins

Metro United Way began in 1917 as the Louisville Federation of Social Agencies, the first of its kind below the Mason-Dixon Line.

Participating Agencies

Several of the original agencies, although renamed, are still MUW participating agencies today: Family & Children's Counseling Centers, Wesley Community House, Jewish Family & Vocational Service, Home of the Innocents, Neighborhood House, Presbyterian Community Center and the Salvation Army.

Changed Name to Welfare League

A year after War Chests were formed during the World War I, we changed our name to Welfare League.

Changed Name to Louisville Community Chest

The campaign this year raised $634,999.

Volunteer Connecton Developed

Our Volunteer Connection was developed to meet the heavy demand for volunteers to help thousands of people left homeless by the flood of the Ohio River. We still use this, most recently for tornado recovery efforts.

Over $1,000,000 for First Time

In the 1940's during World War II, our campaign went over the million-dollar mark for the first time and payroll deduction was introduced; the development of employee group solicitation and payroll deduction were two important aspects of effective cooperation between management and organized labor on behalf of United Way.

$20 Million Mark Broken

$20 million mark in campaign broken in 1991 and $25 million in 1997….placing it among the largest local United Ways in the country.

Gift Annuity Program Began

In 2000, United Way approved implementation of a national charitable gift annuity program, a simple contract between a donor and a charity; the donor makes an irrevocable gift to charity and in return, the charity pays the donor or beneficiary a fixed income over a lifetime. At the death of the donor or beneficiary, the amount remaining is available to be used for charitable purposes.

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