A priest, a minister, and a rabbi walk into a bar. And while this sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, it's actually not far off from the way United Way started 125 years ago in Denver, Colorado. There, a woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi got together and developed an idea that became the nation's first united campaign, benefitting 10 area health and welfare agencies. They created an organization to collect the funds for local charities, to coordinate relief services, to counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and to make emergency assistance grants for cases that could not be referred. That year, Denver raised $21,700 for this greater good, and created a movement that would become United Way.
The movement spread to Logan County in 1954 when community leaders organized the United Fund of Logan County. Our organization has endured many positive changes since the beginning. Today, the United Way of Logan County is a volunteer driven organization that exists to support the social service and welfare needs of our community. Our responsibilities encompass several critical areas: raising revenue for allocation to non-profit agencies, oversight of spending, monitoring how the funded services impact the community, information services, volunteer development and community building.
Below is a listing of volunteer Campaign Chairs and the dollars raised during those years.
|United Way of Logan County Campaign History|
|Year||Campaign Chair||Dollars Raised|
|1969||Hon. Ronald Hadley|
|1989||R.E. (Gene) Coffman||$320,101|
|2004||Rev. Mike Sandlin||$812,478|
|2015||Chad & Nita Wilkinson||$725,268|
|2016||Chad & Jamie Ross||$830,199|
|2017||Rick & Jill Hatcher||$951,806|