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Who We Are

Our Mission

To unite the caring power of people to improve lives.

Our Vision

We seek to give all adults, childrens and families the opportunity to live the happy and healthy lives they deserve across Lucas, Ottawa and Wood County.

United Way of Greater Toledo proudly serves the residents of Lucas, Ottawa and Wood counties in Northwest Ohio. Our human services nonprofit fights to strengthen education, financial stability, health and housing resources for every child, adult and family. By uniting the caring power of people through giving, advocating and volunteering, together, we can tackle our community’s toughest issues.

Our History

1918
Toledo War Chest

  • Toledo War Chest is established to raise money for World War I efforts, funds were distributed to 37 agencies
1920
Community Chest

  • Toledo War Chest becomes Community Chest 
1940
Fundraising Expanded

  • Fundraising efforts were expanded to include Lucas County, Rossford and Perrysburg
1950
First Building

  • First building is purchased at 443 Huron St
1968
United Crusade of Mercy

  • Community Chest renamed to United Crusade of Mercy. Wood County joins.
1969
Ottawa County Joins

  • Ottawa County joins United Crusade of Mercy
1974
National United Way

  • National United Way name is adopted for campaign
1984
First Call for Help

  • First Call for Help (211) and Volunteer Action center merged into United Way
1987
Ottawa County

  • Ottawa County office opened
1990
Wood County

  • Wood County office opened
2005
United Way 2-1-1

  • First Call for Help rebranded as United Way 2-1-1
2009
United Way Moves

  • United Way moves to new building located on 424 Jackson Street
2020
Emergency Response Fund

  • United Way establishes Emergency Response Fund to assist organizations effected by COVID-19 pandemic
2021
United Way Moves

  • United Way sells building located on 424 Jackson Street and begins sharing office space with SSOE Group on 1001 Madison Ave.

United Way of Greater Toledo (UWGT) strives to ensure that we are meeting the needs of individuals across Lucas, Ottawa and Wood counties in a meaningful and appropriate manner. We cannot truly “Live United” until we fervently advocate for BIPOC, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ people and other marginalized communities. United Way examines and addresses the systems, institutions, and policies that have caused and perpetuated racial and socioeconomic disparities, specifically in the areas of Education, Financial Stability, Health, and Housing. This includes acknowledging the role that philanthropy plays in upholding such structures. When individuals of all ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and gender/sexual identities can live and participate in functions of life without fear, then, and only then, can we “Live United”.

Wendy Pestrue, J.D.

Wendy Pestrue, J.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Matt Morris, C.P.A.

Matt Morris, C.P.A.

Chief Finance & Operations Officer

Mary Fedderke

Mary Fedderke

Chief Development Officer

Kirsta Tull

Kirsta Tull

Vice President, Development Operations

Jill Bunge

Jill Bunge

Vice President of Impact

DeVon Overton, M.B.A.

DeVon Overton, M.B.A.

Vice President, Results & Analytics

Ryan Bunch

Ryan Bunch

Senior Director, Outreach & Advocacy

Scot Henshaw

Vice President, Human Resources

Learn More About Our Work In:

Lucas County

Using a Data-driven Collective Impact Model to create long-term change in Lucas County.

 

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Ottawa County

Supporting Ottawa County programs and initiatives focused on local community change.

 

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Wood County

Bringing the people of Wood County together to make success an option for everyone.

 

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Stay Connected

Stay up-to-date on how we are making a difference in our community via our monthly United Way Newsletter and other occasional notifications highlighting upcoming volunteer and impact opportunities.