History

History

The longstanding success of United Way of Greater Toledo can be attributed to the generosity of the community, the hard work of staff and volunteers, and the organization's reputation for financial responsibility and integrity. Since its conception in 1918 as the Toledo War Chest, United Way of Greater Toledo has tirelessly worked to advance the common good by improving community situations and providing help to those in need.

1918

The Toledo War Chest was created

three children in fire truck

1920

The Toledo War Chest became the Community Chest

Days of Caring project site

1940

Community Chest grew to include all of Lucas County

1968-69

Wood and Ottawa counties joined the Community Chest

1984

Community Chest began operating under the name of United Way

1987-90

Ottawa County and Wood County offices opened

three children and teacher posing

2005

First Call for Help transitioned into United Way 2-1-1

Run for 2-1-1 participants

2006

2-1-1 service expanded to Wood and Erie Counties

2008

Introduced Agenda for Change, a community investment plan

2015

Began first year funding cycle for Live United 2020

mother and young child
Day of Caring - school backpacks

2016

Our first "Kickoff to Caring" - 5,000 school backpacks were packed in 43 minutes

2018

United Way of Greater Toledo celebrates it's centennial anniversary!