By Lacy Hilliard
United Way has officially launched their 2015 fundraising campaign and this years goal is more ambitious than ever before. The United Way Board of Directors has set a lofty goal of $40,000 and their hope is that the Johnson County Community will pitch in and make it a reality.
You may have received one of the 10,000 mailers that were sent out last week detailing how to help The United Way. A unique organization in that all funds garnered stay within the county –The United Way organization was originally founded in 1887 in Denver, Colorado by a handful of community members that decided to band together and form an organization for with the sole purpose of raising money for community-minded organizations. The City of Denver raised $21,700 that year and though that was a huge sum for the maiden voyage of any organization, it pales in comparison to the billions of dollars United Way organizations throughout the country raised in recent years.
United Way continued to build throughout the years and 1948, more than 1,000 communities had launched United Way chapters in their communities and in 1987, United Way celebrated its Centennial by debuting on a United States postage stamp. The success of the organization only continues to grow, proving that just a handful of people really can make a difference when they concentrate their efforts toward a greater good.
Today, The United Way spans the country and allots donations for countless organizations. The Johnson County Chapter of United Way alone helps more local organizations than any other. For the rest of the story, pick up a copy of this week's Tomahawk on sale now.
By Lacy Hilliard