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Mr. LOEBSACK. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the 125th Anniversary of the United Way.
In 1887 in Denver, Colorado, a local woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi came together to work to solve the poverty facing their community. The first United Way formed a network of organizations to support local charities as well as to coordinate relief services, counsel and refer clients to cooperating agencies, and make emergency assistance grants to those most in need. The group of networks rose from humble beginnings and became the United Way, a united movement committed to improving communities around the world.
What they began 125 years ago now comprises nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. Today the United Way is the world's largest privately-sponsored nonprofit.
Today, United Way continues the spirit of service to move toward a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. Every year the United Way raises nearly $5 billion dollars for the simple purpose to advance the common good. Working collaboratively, the United Way brings together the actions of millions of individuals to resolve pressing community issues. As a worldwide organization, it is remarkable how effective the United Way is at targeting local initiatives and bringing tangible services to our communities.
We must also attribute 125 years of United Way's success to the imaginative, passionate group of leaders, community volunteers, and partners on the local and state level. Today, United Ways in Iowa's 2nd District are working diligently to ensure the scope and depth of United Way's vision is applied to the specific needs of individuals and local charities in our community. United Way of East Central Iowa, United Way of Johnson County, Inc., United Way of Wapello County, and Burlington/W. Burlington Area United Way continue to give, advocate, and volunteer to help people in need. On United Way's 125th Anniversary, we commend our local United Ways' commitment and contributions that effectively make a difference every day in our community.
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