100th Year Celebration


The First 100 Years...


In 1887 a Denver woman, a priest two ministers and a rabbi got together … It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but they didn’t walk into a bar.  What they did do was recognize the need to make Denver a better place for all.  These Founders* put together an idea that became the nations 1st united campaign benefiting local area health and welfare agencies.

Collecting the funds for local charities and coordinating relief services and emergency assistance grants, the new partnership built a fundraising federation.   The first year the people of Denver raised $21,700 for the greater good and started a movement that would become United Way.

Today, United Way still fuels local solutions to communities’ toughest problems by connecting resources in innovative ways. By bringing local people, organizations and communities together, we focus on a common vision and a common path for the future.  But we’re not your grandfather’s United Way. 

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties started in 1919 as the Social Service League. Our name has changed over the years and our role is constantly evolving to meeting the needs. The common thread between United Way’s history and its future is that if people are hungry children are not successful in school, and families are in crisis, we have an obligation to act.

United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties 100th Year Celebration Kickoff 

Pictured Above Back Row Left to Right: Stu Mullins-UWJWC Partner Agency, Susie Poulton- UWJWC Partner Agency, Jan Jensen-Past Campaign Co-Chair, Mark Nolte-Board Chair, Bob Dvorsky-2019-20 Campaign Co-Chair, Sarah Krumm 100th Year Celebration Co-Chair, Tim Krumm - Sarah Krumm 100th Year Celebration Co-Chair

Front Row: Sue Dvorsky 2019-20 Campaign Co-Chair