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United Way Celebrates 75th Anniversary

The non-profit group has made a big impact in the community during this time, and organizers hope to continue building bridges in the community for the next 75 years.
FREDERICK, Md. - The United Way of Frederick County, Maryland celebrated its 75th anniversary Tuesday morning.

Congressman John Delaney was the keynote speaker at the anniversary breakfast.

"I'm a huge supporter of the United Way. I think it's an iconic kind of American organization, and it's the largest raiser of philanthropic dollars in the country," said Delaney, (D) - Md. 6th District.

The non-profit group has made a big impact in the community during this time, and organizers hope to continue building bridges in the community for the next 75 years.

"The United Way is focused on improving people's lives. We want to help kids graduate from high school. We want to prepare them to work. We want to focus on helping families to become more financially stable and also to help people access health care," said Josh Pedersen, CEO of the United Way of Frederick County.

One of the organizations the United Way has worked closely with is the Frederick Rescue Mission. About 150,000 people ate meals last year at the Mission. They say the United Way has helped them to continue feeding the community's needs.

"As I look at the united way here in Frederick, it's involved in the issues that we're involved with, and that's poverty, and helping folks get out of their dilemmas, their desperation, their difficulties," said Arnold Farlow, executive director of the Frederick Rescue Mission.

This year, the United Way gave the Mission a grant to buy a refrigerator and a garage full of rubbermaid items worth about $10,000. The United Way also provides volunteers for the Mission.

"We know each other well," Farlow said. "We want to work together and have each others best interest in mind. That's one thing I really appreciate about Frederick, especially over the last several years, is the collaboration."

The United Way hopes to help the people of Frederick County better themselves for the next 75 years.

"The United Way is going to continue to bring partners together, to leverage resources here in our community, to bring the greatest impact to many children and families," Pedersen said. 

For information on how you can donate or volunteer at the United Way of Frederick County, click here.
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