FOX CITIES, Wis. (NBC 26) — United Way Fox Cities celebrated 75 years of organization contributions to the community and honored outstanding volunteers at their annual meeting.
The history of United Way Fox Cities can be traced back to 1992 when the Community Chest of Neenah-Menasha and the Appleton Community Fund merged to become the United Way Fox Cities.
There are many accomplishments United Way is credited for, but to date, the biggest ones are as follows:
- Approximately $165 million from generous donors was invested back into the community by dedicated volunteers and staff, making a meaningful difference in the lives of those it has touched through a family of annually-funded nonprofit partners.
- In 1989, the first "Call for Help" was established - today it is named United Way's 211 and answers an average of 12,000 calls, texts, and chats every year from people seeking health and human services.
- More than 2,300 students have been served by United Way's PATH for Students school-based mental health therapy.
- Since its inception in 2011, United Way's Fox Cities Diaper Bank has distributed 4 million diapers.
The celebration also honored outstanding volunteers with the Wes Urch Volunteer Service Award. This award is given annually to volunteers who have demonstrated dedication and commitment to building a better community through their work with United Way Fox Cities.
David G. Voss, Jr. and Patricia "Pat" Rickman were this year's recipients of the award.
To learn more about United Way Fox Cities and how to get involved as a volunteer visit www.UnitedWayFoxCities.org