95 years of building a stronger Miami

95 years of building a stronger Miami 2019-10-17T11:14:49-05:00

Throughout our 95-year history – from the Miami Community Chest to the United Fund to today’s United Way of Miami-Dade – we have been an enduring force for good, embracing an ever-changing community, responding to the emerging needs and transforming people’s lives.

2010

2010

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, United Way generated more than $2 million in donations, which is distributed among more than 20 agencies providing emergency relief services.

2009

2009

In response to the struggling economy, United Way opens the United Way Center for Financial Stability. The Center gives individuals the resources and training to put them on the path toward financial independence.

2007

2007

Committed to elevating the quality of early education for all children, everywhere, United Way breaks ground on the Center for Excellence in Early Education, a best-practices national teaching and learning initiative. The Center opens on January 7, 2007 and, in 2008, joins the prestigious Educare Learning Network as its seventh Educare center in the country.

2001

2001

In response to 9/11, United Way creates the Miami Recovery Fund to respond to the local impacts of the terrorists attacks.

2000

2000

United Way Women’s Leadership program forms to celebrate service and philanthropy among women.

1999

1999

With a gift from Ed Ansin, in honor of his parents Sophie and Sidney Ansin, United Way purchased its current home in the Miami Roads neighborhood.

1998

1998

United Way launches a one-year demonstration project to reduce the number of children entering the foster care system, utilizing private citizens as case reviewers and child advocates. Subsequently, Florida Foster Care agency is created.

1996

1996

In response to changing immigration policies, United Way creates GRASP to assist Cuban and Haitian immigrants parolled from Guantanamo get off to a successful start in the community.

1995

1995

United Way adopts a new vision and mission: “Building community by helping people care for one another.”

1992

1992

United Way plays a key leadership role in rebuilding the community in the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew. The disaster brings people together and ignites a spirit of service and partnership.

United Way launches 20-plus year journey to improve the quality of early education.