Highlighting 100 years of driving positive community change
This year, United Way of Greater Toledo is pleased to celebrate its Centennial Anniversary. The nonprofit has proudly served the region for 100 years, and envisions a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, financial stability and healthy lives.
Early in 2018, Wendy Pestrue was selected as president by the United Way Board of Directors and officially assumed the role on February 12. She is the organization’s seventh President and CEO.
United Way By the Numbers
173,813 nights of shelter provided
129,866 books provided to local children
20,000 donors engaged yearly
19,683 individuals given access to health care
10,000 volunteers engaged yearly
300 companies engaged yearly
100% Employee Participation
These numbers help United Way to create positive change in Lucas, Wood & Ottawa counties.
United Way’s mission is to unite the caring power of people to improve lives. They fight for the education, health and financial stability of every person, in every community. Today, the organization provides funding for 68 community programs at 53 local nonprofit agencies. Their dedicated and hardworking team of nearly 40 individuals assist in assessing community needs, fundraising to create a stronger impact in support of those needs, building donor relationships and organizing community volunteer opportunities (to name a few.) Last year, with the help of community and corporate partners, United Way of Greater Toledo raised over $11 million to reinvest into Lucas, Wood and Ottawa counties.
“United Way of Greater Toledo is proud to have a collective group of employees who truly care about the success of our community. Each year, we run an annual fundraising campaign, and here, in our office, we have 100 percent employee participation, with every individual making a gift to help progress our mission. To us, this speaks volumes. Not only do these individuals come to work and do their absolute best – they also believe strongly in the power of our work.”
“We are really excited to enter our 100th year, especially as we welcome a new CEO, who is going to bring a plethora of innovative and fresh ideas to our organization. To commemorate such an occasion, we will be sharing some special programming opportunities, with a focus on celebrating and thanking our corporate partners, donors, volunteers, community partners and funded partners for their role in over 100 years of driving community change.” - Kate Fineske, United Way of Greater Toledo