Bergen County’s United Way Turns 50
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In 1962, a group of local leaders came together with a bold idea and formed the United Fund. In the 50 years since our founding, Bergen County’s United Way has helped thousands of our neighbors in need and we remain a vital part of the community with a proud record of innovation and appropriate risk taking.
In this our 50th year, we celebrate the impact of our work – the legacy — and the future. Join us on Friday, November 16, 2012 for our Cornerstone Awards breakfast when we will recognize the families whose charitable good works have changed lives for generations. We hope you will plan to attend.
To learn about sponsorship opportunities, contact Cheryl Moses, Director of Development at 201.291.0368 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1970 Renamed United Way of Bergen County.
1976 - 1986 We are the first United Way to fund day care and elder care – considered revolutionary at the time. And later, we become the first United Way to develop a venture capital fund launching services such as emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence, provided by Shelter Our Sisters and counseling services for people with AIDS and their families, provided by the Social Services Federation of Bergen County (now Bergen Family Center).
1995 Established the Corporate Family Assistance Program with Family Counseling Services of Ridgewood and Vicinity (now Children’s Aid and FamilyServices).
2000 Pioneered electronic giving.
2005 Developed the first women’s giving circle. Women United in Philanthropy has awarded six grants totaling $465,000.
2005 - 2011 Building homes people can afford and some Very Special Homes© for individuals with special needs. 100 units constructed to date including the award winning Orchard Commons project – recipient of Governor Christie's Excellence in Housing Award.