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UWRC Historical Overview
United Way of Racine County has been helping local families since 1922, when a group of Racine business leaders, headed by H.F Johnson of S.C. Johnson and Son, Inc., gathered to discuss the idea of consolidating all charitable drives in Racine. The Racine Community Welfare Union was born, with the first combined drive raising $75,000. Those funds were distributed to The Central Association (now Family Service), Boy Scouts, YMCA, YWCA, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the Junior League. We still fund most of these organizations.
Over the years, our United Way grew and changed. We became the Community Chest. As of January 1963, we became known as Racine United Community Services, and that year raised $813,000. In 1970, we became Racine Area United Way. We kept that name until 2002 when we began serving the entire county as United Way of Racine County. We are currently celebrating our 90th anniversary in 2012!
Today, thanks to the efforts of thousands of loyal volunteers and donors, we met our goal of raising $5,250,000 in 2011! We can all be proud of the fact that our rich history of service and commitment to improving human lives to advance the common good goes on.
The historical leadership of the United Way of Racine County lists the Board and Campaign leadership, as well as the funds raised each year, throughout the history of the organization.