Fonds AM849 - United Way of the Lower Mainland fonds

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United Way of the Lower Mainland fonds

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  • 7.91 m of textual records
  • 15 photographs

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The United Way of the Lower Mainland's origins date to 1930 with the establishment of two social agencies, the Vancouver Council of Social Agencies and the Vancouver Welfare Federation. The United Way is a volunteer-led registered charitable organization which focuses on the provision of better planning and coordination of welfare services and the raising of funds to provide the necessary financial support to its institutional members. The United Way first operated as the Vancouver Welfare Federation with Howard Falk acting as its Executive Director until 1935, when Dr. G.F. Davidson was appointed to succeed him. The Community Chest (formerly called the Welfare Federation) and the Welfare Council (formerly called the Vancouver Council of Social Agencies) operated independently until 1946, when they merged to become the Community Chest and Councils of Greater Vancouver. Further name changes occurred in 1966 and 1974, when the organization became the United Community Services of the Greater Vancouver Area, and then the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

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The fonds consists of records generated by various United Way committees in pursuit of their activities. Includes minutes, correspondence, reports, notes, memoranda, published works, research materials such as questionnaires and surveys, display materials such as posters and pamphlets, press releases, newsletters, organization charts and photographs.

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Donated by Bruce Levens, Director of Research Services, for the United Way of the Lower Mainland on April 11, 1984, with an additional donation on February 16, 1994.


Photographs in this fonds have been assigned item numbers with the prefix "CVA 724"

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