In 1887, a Denver priest, two ministers and a rabbi recognized the need for cooperative action to address their city’s welfare problems. 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.  Over 118 years later, United Way is still focused on mobilizing the caring power of communities and making a difference in people’s lives.

1933 Shippensburg, PA:

In compliance with the requirements of the Act of General Assemby of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, known as the non-profit corporate law, Act No. 105, approved the 5th day of May, 1933, the undersigned, all of whom are citizens of Pennsylvania, have associated themselves together for the purpose hereinafter specified, and desiring that they may be duly incorporated according to law, do hereby certify:  The name of the proposed corporation is Shippensburg Community Chest.  The said corporation is formed to act as a unifying influence for the solicitation and collection of public funds to be distributed to various local, civic, charitable and welfare organizations of Shippensburg and community area.  

1946 Shippensburg, PA:

Incorporation of the Shippensburg Community Chest was signed April 1946, approved/filed May 5, 1946.  Incorporators were as follows;  Errol F. Snoke, Arthur R. Burkhart, J. B. Hockersmith, Robert M. Currens, Henry E. Luhrs, Ellis H. Kirssin.  Directors were named in addition to the incorporators as; Harry J. Mowery, Mrs. Galen Gates, R. C. McDonald.  The coporation was organized on a non stock basis.  Court of Fred S. Reese, P.J.

1983 Shippensburg, PA:

Shippensburg Community Chest establishes their partnership in renaming to The United Way of the Shippensburg Area to increase public awareness, governance guidelines, and additional infrastructure.

1983 Shippensburg, PA:

United Way International was formed to help nations around the world form United Way-type organizations, United Way of Shippensburg became a member on both a State and Worldwide level.