90 years ago, leaders in the City of Boulder came together and decided to put in place a system of giving to help support the organizations that were meeting health and social service needs in the community. They implemented an idea that was catching hold across the country at the time; a Community Chest. The Community Chest idea had begun 35 years earlier in Denver, and had been replicated around the country by 1919.
The Boulder Community Chest found success right from the start, with the community immediately embracing this method of organized charitable giving. Community Chest became an integral part of the giving community.
The Community Chest evolved and grew through the decades, becoming the Boulder United Fund in the 50’s, then Boulder County United Way in the 70’s, and eventually Foothills United Way, serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties, in the 2000’s. The whole time, the goal remained largely the same; to bring together people and resources to meet local needs and create positive changes in the community.
In 2012 Foothills United Way is celebrating our rich history and looking forward to our still-expanding role in the community. We will formally mark the anniversary with a 90th Anniversary Celebration on November 9th at Broomfield’s Omni Interlocken Resort. We’ll look back at where we’ve been and forward to where we are going.
Please join other members of our caring community as we celebrate this milestone. Reservations for the 90th Anniversary Celebration can be made here, or by calling 303-444-4013. There will be great guest speakers, a video retrospective of the early days of United Way, and a great performance by Boulder’s all-vocal rock band, Face.
Visit our website for more information, and we’ll see you there!