More than a century of good works and making a difference
In 1913, Cleveland had grown to be the sixth most populated city in the country, teeming with established residents and a wave of immigrants. But with rapid growth came unemployment, inadequate health care and poverty.
Well-intentioned charities provided help through citizens’ donations, but a lack of coordination led to inefficient results. To make sure the various charities’ good works were doing the most good, Cleveland businessmen and community leaders formed an umbrella group, which eventually became United Way of Greater Cleveland.
Take a trip down memory lane to learn more about United Way’s humble beginnings to the achievements of this decade.