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United Way’s Local History

What we now know as United Way began as a community fund in 1931. In the first few years the annual drive went by several different names (United Drive, Sheboygan Community Welfare Fund). Many corporate supporters of the community fund in the 1930s still support United Way today.

We still have strong support from city and county government employees including schools and local papers like the Sheboygan Press. The early funds went to programs we still support to this day like the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army.

In recent history, Sheboygan United Way merged with Plymouth United Way to become The Sheboygan & Plymouth Area United Way. In July of 2012, Sheboygan Falls United Way merged with The Sheboygan & Plymouth Area United Way to become United Way of Sheboygan County.

United Way’s National History

In May 2009, United Way of America and United Way International were integrated as one global entity, United Way Worldwide. United Way of Sheboygan County is a part of this organization.

Read more about our national history.