History

United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County (UWOLC) has promoted the well-being of the Lafayette-Oxford-University (LOU) community for more than 40 years. Originally incorporated as the United Fund in 1970, UWOLC joined the United Way network in 1975. From its earliest days, UWOLC has advanced the common good by mobilizing individuals, organizations, and workplaces to give, advocate, and volunteer.

Since 1970, UWOLC has raised and invested millions of dollars in the LOU community. UWOLC has supported dozens of non-profits as they strive to meet the educational, health, and human service needs of county residents, while also coordinating coalitions to prevent and respond to deep-rooted community problems. For almost half a century, UWOLC has served as a unifying force in our community by bringing people together to make a meaningful difference. By promoting giving, advocacy, and volunteerism, and through sincere collaborations with countless partners, UWOLC makes a real impact in people's lives every single day.

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Significant Events in UWOLC's History

1970 - United Fund incorporated by B.B. Bowen, Jr., Douglas McDonald, and Omar Craig

1971 - First Drive conducted, chaired by Robert Khayat

1985 - First paid Executive Director, Donna Long, hired part-time

1991 - Executive Director, Donna Long, hired full-time

1995 - Second staff member, Community Service Director, hired part-time

1996 - First community needs assessment conducted in conjunction with ProMatura Group

2000 - Community Service Director hired full time

2009 - Donna Long, Executive Director for 25 years, retired

2010 - Community Transition Committee convened to guide UWOLC's agenda in Health, Education, and Income

2013 - Kathy Sukanek, Executive Director, retired

2013 - Alice Ricks, Executive Director, hired

2016 - Kurt Brummett, Executive Director, hired