United Way Worldwide


United Way of Oxford & Lafayette County (UWOLC) is proud to be a member of the United Way Worldwide (UWW) network. While UWOLC is focused in our community -- raising and investing money locally -- our membership in the UWW network gives us access to opportunities and resources from around the world. 

United Way Worldwide History

The United Way movement began in Denver in 1887, when a woman, a priest, two ministers, and a rabbi recognized the need for cooperative action to address their city’s welfare problems. Frances Wisebart Jacobs, the Reverend Myron W. Reed, Monsignor William J. O’Ryan, Dean H. Martyn Hart, and Rabbi William S. Friedman came together to plan the first united campaign for ten health and welfare agencies. They created an organization to serve as an agent to collect funds for local charities, as well as to coordinate relief services, counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and make emergency assistance grants in cases which could not be referred. That year, Denver raised $21,700 and created a movement that would become the United Way and spread throughout the world. More than 125 years later, United Way is still focused on mobilizing the caring power of communities and making a difference in people’s lives. View UWW's 125th anniversary video here.

United Way Worldwide Membership Requirements

United Way Worldwide maintains strict membership requirements, holding all local United Ways to rigorous accountability and transparency standards. The "Membership Requirements Completed" icon on this website indicates that UWOLC has successfully completed all annual UWW membership requirements.