|The “United Way” all began in 1887
in Denver, Colorado when religious leaders formed the Charity
Organizations Society comprised of 22 agencies that addressed
human care concerns. The first United Way campaign in Denver
raised $21,700. The 2000-2001 United Way campaign generated
a record-breaking $3.91 billion in resources.
The first United Ways were called Community Chests. On January
14, 1930, a group of agency representatives assembled to form
the United Community Chest serving the cities of New Brunswick
and Highland Park. The first fund raising effort totaled $119,913,
an amazing accomplishment in the midst of the Great Depression.
During the late 1940's, business expanded rapidly, and the
community began to disburse to areas of the county such as
South Brunswick, Metuchen, Edison and Piscataway. The growth
in population spurred the expansion of human care programs
and services among existing agencies.
In 1951, the United Community Chest consolidated the fund
raising appeals that had spread through Raritan Valley and
became the United Fund of the Heart of Middlesex County. The
United Fund's member agencies now totaled 23, and served the
greater portion of Middlesex County, excluding the Perth Amboy
area (which was included in the United Fund of the Raritan
Bay area). The 1951-52 campaign raised $374,000 for the support
of its member agencies, more than double the previous year's
In 1967, the United Fund of the Heart of Middlesex County
reorganized into a much broader and more comprehensive organization.
The United Fund merged with the Community Services Council
of Raritan Valley in June of that year to become United Community
Services of Central Jersey, Inc. The reorganization introduced
the element of centralized social planning, complementing
the functions of federated campaigning and budget and agency
relations in the community.
On March 14, 1969, the United Community Services (UCS) expanded
to cover 93% of Middlesex County. The expansion was the result
of a merger with the Raritan Bay United Fund, which covered
the Perth Amboy side of the county. UCS was now raising in
excess of a million dollars.
In August 1973, recognizing the public's lack of knowledge
and understanding of the name United Community Services, the
name: United Way of Central Jersey, Inc. was adopted.
In 1990, the United Way of Central Jersey most successful
campaign was realized with results totaling over $6,000,000!!
The 2000-2001 campaign was reported at $4,606,484.
The United Way of Central Jersey (UWCJ) has built a proud
record since its inception in 1930. UWCJ has become a unifying
force in the Central Jersey community– a place where
community problems can be seen as a whole, a place where people
can decide what kind of community response is most appropriate
to the need.
The United Way of Central Jersey is not a chapter of any
state or national fund raising organization. It is a separate
company from any other United Way organization. It does, however,
identify with the United Way movement, and as such, holds
voluntary membership in the United Way of America, the national
organization which has existed since 1918 to assist member
organizations in every phase of operation.
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