It would take almost 8 dozen candles to light United Way of Tarrant County’s birthday cake. This month we are celebrating 93 years of proudly serving our community!
With a rich history and strong foundation, Tarrant County has grown into a thriving economy and is one of the fastest growing areas in the country. United Way is honored to be woven into the tapestry of our great county. As we look back, we also look forward to our continued impact in the areas of Education, Income and Health, with your help.
We got our start in 1922, when a group of Fort Worth community leaders gathered to consolidate the fundraising efforts of several local charities. Instead of competing for volunteer time and funding, they pooled their resources to create the Fort Worth Community Chest, the first Community Chest in the Southwest.
During the Great Depression, we funded unemployment relief and lunches for disadvantaged schoolchildren, and in World War II, distributed government flour and raised War Chest funds. In the ’50s we consolidated again, folding into the Tarrant County United Fund. We started researching community needs more intensely, and developing new programs to meet those needs, and in 1962 joined our planning body, the Community Council, to form the United Fund and Community Services, Inc.
We officially became United Way of Metropolitan Tarrant County in 1973 to promote a common identity with similar organizations across the country. We continued to grow, establishing United Way—Arlington in 1981, and United Way—Northeast in 1986.
Now known simply as United Way of Tarrant County, we continue to research the most urgent needs in Tarrant County and work with our partners and generous donors to meet those needs.