Our History 2016-10-27T09:38:03+00:00

1941

Sr. Chamber of Commerce voted unanimously recommending the organization of a Community Chest.  On September 22, 1941, the first meeting was held.  The first campaign was held for one week and raised $14,065.  Partners included YWCA and Boy Scouts, both still today.

1945

Campaign raised $42,354.

1954

Red feather adopted as the national symbol of the Community Chest.

1976

Hastings Community Chest became Hastings United Way.  Campaign raised $102,000.

1985

Campaign reached $197,075.  Largest increase recorded at 63%.

1986

Campaign reached $227,445.

1987

Hastings United Way name change to United Way of the Hastings Area.

1990

Campaign raised $318,000.

1995

The “Inez C. Peterson Citizenship Award” was established.  The first Annual United Way Golf Classic was held at Lochland Country Club.

1997

United Way of the Hastings Area name changed to United Way of South Central Nebraska.

1998

Campaign raised $406,000.

2002

The Endowment Fund was created at the Hastings Community Foundation.  The Community Partnership Award was established.

2009

Born Learning Trail established at Libs Park with Hastings College Future Teachers.

2011

Campaign raised $454,500. First United Way Day of Service was held.

2012

The United Way moved to the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce building.

2013

The Get Connected program started.  United Way was awarded the Non-Profit Business of the Year by the Hastings Area Chamber of Commerce.

2015

Campaign raised $508,074.  Dolly Parton Imagination Library begins providing books to local children.