Originally conceived as The Joint Charities Campaign in 1917 to coordinate fundraising efforts of three wartime charities, the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County (UWBEC) marks 100 years of service to Erie County today. Erie County has proclaimed October 30th as United Way of Buffalo & Erie County Day to mark the anniversary and to acknowledge the significant contributions made to the local community by the organization over the last century.
While the organization’s funding priorities and name have evolved over the last 100 years, its mission of bringing people, organizations and resources together to improve community well-being has remained constant. The collaborative nature of the organization began from its inception as the Joint Charities Campaign, bringing together fundraising efforts of the Charity Organization Society, Children’s Aid Society and the District Nursing Association and continues today with the UWBEC supporting nearly 58 nonprofits throughout Erie County.
For more information, visit www.uwbec.org