Hsm 260 Foundations Paper

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I chose to write about The United Way of America. The reason I chose this organization was because I have seen pretty much advertised in many human service place. Even as a kid, I can recall seeing at least the well-known logo that identifies the organization. Before researching and gathering the information needed to complete this paper, I knew that this organization was a well known nationally established entity. What I did not know was the extent of it service. I was quite shocked to learn that it does not only serve the United States. Its service exceeds far beyond our borders. I was also impressed in the extent of what services it provides. In 1887, a Denver 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 Rev. Myron W. Reed, Msgr. William J.O’Ryan, Dean H. Martyn Hart and Rabbi William S. Friedman put their heads 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 spread throughout the country to become the United Way as mentioned in their well-documented history section of their website. That paved the way for their mission vision and goal, which states: United Way envisions a world where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy lives. United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. In 2008, United Way initiated a 10-year program designed to achieve the following goals by 2018: * Improve education, and cut the number of high school dropouts...
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