1918: With the help of Lima Mayor Bayless Simpson, the first War Chest campaign took place over one week in 1918. Imagine the excitement of the men and women of Allen County who successfully raised over $650,000 in the first War Chest campaign. That’s the equivalent to over $10 million today. This was a monumental way to start United Way of Greater Lima’s legacy. (#1)
1920s: Over 350 communities nationwide ran campaigns.
1920-1927: Individual non-profit agencies ran their own campaigns
1928 and 1929: Warren McLaughlin chaired the War Chest campaign and raised $121,400 and $100,000 respectively. (#2)
1930s: The Community Chest campaigns benefited local families during the Depression. (#4)
1930 & 1931: Kent Hughes was the 1st official president of the Allen County War Chest campaign.
1933-1936: Individual non-profit agencies ran their own campaigns.
1942-1945: As World War II began, Community Chest and War Chest campaigns began and joined forces to do the most good. Attorney James Weadock was president for four campaigns.(#4)
1944: The first paid campaign staff were hired.
1956: United Fund’s First Campaign. Jack Crouse of Ohio Steel was the board president and John Shields of Superior Coach was the campaign chair. The name change to United Fund allowed for more agencies under a wider umbrella to be considered for funding. (#7)
1962: The campaign went over goal by almost $90,000. (#8)
1966: Raymond F. Pangle Community Service Center groundbreaking took place: Home to United Way to this day. (#9)
1972: United Fund became United Way. (#10 - 2 pix)
1978: United Way’s first Million Dollar Campaign. Richard Riggs was the campaign chair. (#11)
1983: In 1983, 2,501 youth participated in boy scouting, 341 people over the age of 60 received services including transportation and household chore assistance. One hundred and 14 children weekly received therapy through the Northwest Ohio Cerebral Palsy Clinic. The YWCA serviced over 16,000 youth with recreational and character building activities. Fifty-eight youth had a big brother or big sister matched with them.
1984: William Grimes was campaign chair. He came to Lima in 1959 as an employee of the Lima Refinery and was an avid volunteer on many community boards. He was a previous volunteer of the United Fund before being transferred to Cleveland in 1966. When he returned to Lima in 1981, he also returned to large involvement in social causes, including United Way. (#12)
1985: A big year for United Way as the “Share Because You Care” campaign took off in Allen County. (#13) (#14)
1991: The United Way Endowment was created by Virginia Crouse in memory of her husband, Jack Crouse, to provide income that is used for special needs and things that many not be thought about today, but are important to the future. The United Way of Greater Lima Endowment fund received national United Way awards. (#15)
1996: Jerome O’Neal was the chair of United Way of Greater Lima’s first $2 million campaign. (#16)
1998: United Way Kick-Off was held at the new YMCA with a self-guided tour and a nifty map. (#17)
2001: Angie Clark was the campaign chair. She holds the record to date for the largest United Way of Greater Lima campaign at over $2.4 million. Remarkable support was shown as locals rallied to ensure local needs were met. (#18)
2001: First year of the local Jefferson Awards: Estella Adams was selected to represent in Washington, D.C. (#19)
2009: Kindergarten Kamp began to help Allen County preschoolers prepare for Kindergarten in the fall. Since the program began, over 600 students have been served. (#20 - 2 pix)
2010: Erin Hardesty rocked United Way’s campaign with a “United Way Rocks” campaign that raised over $2 million. Pilot campaign companies sang at kick-off. Everyone dressed up and had a “rockin’ good time.” (#21)
2010: Bev Prueter retired after over 45 years of service with the United Way of Greater Lima. (#22)
2011: Kick-Off was held at the Ohio Theatre and there was a flash mob put on by the pilot campaign companies.(#23)
2012: Phil Hayne, president, redefined the mission of the United Way of Greater Lima to: “To improve lives by uniting the caring power of community, so that everyone is self-sufficient through: Quality education, Healthy life, and Income stability.”
2015: Our current president, Carol Braden-Clarke, joined us.
2015: Building flood. (#25)
2017: Dorothy Wildermuth was the first recipient of the Paul Woehlke Volunteer of the Year Award. (#26 & #27)
2018: Doris Broughton celebrates 25 years of service with United Way of Greater Lima. (#28)
2018: United Way celebrates 100 years in the community.