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United Way and Center for Community Solutions “Celebrating 100 Years”

In 1913, what is now known as the United Way of Greater Cleveland and The Center for Community Solutions were both part of the same founding organization known as The Federation.

Cleveland was dubbed the “City of Goodwill” because it was the first city in the country to organize in an effort to solve the community’s health and human services challenges.

The two organizations joined together once again on Sept. 21 to celebrate their 100-year anniversary with a gala at the new Convention Center. Journalist, author and network television personality Anderson Cooper delivered the keynote address and hosted the VIP reception.

The Federation was a blueprint for the modern United Way. The organization annually allocated funds through a single agency to meet widespread needs. “The inaugural campaign raised $127,000 to fund 55 social service organizations,” United Way President Bill Kitson said. When The Federation reorganized in 1972, a new organization emerged focusing on research, education and advocacy for the community’s direct service agencies. “Today, The Center for Community Solutions continues our 100-year legacy of helping the people who help people through non-partisan policy analysis and high-quality decision support,” said John Begala, executive director for The Center for Community Solutions.

STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN

 

 

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Bill Kitzen, Denise Zeman and Michael Benz (United Way and Center for Community Solutions)

 

Michael and Barbara Peterson, Barbara and Lee Janovitz and Jim Mason (United Way and Center for Community Solutions)

 

Bill and Elaine O’Brien, Jean Watts and Jim Feth (United Way and Center for Community Solutions)

 

Ira and Amy Kaplan, Julie and Pat Pastore, and Sally and Terry Stewart (United Way and Center for Community Solutions)

 

Jim and Lori Petsock and Paul and Jill Clark (United Way and Center for Community Solutions)

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