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United Way Community Services Executive Office Records

 Collection
Identifier: UR002537
This collection consists of files produced by the UCS Executive Office, the UWCS Executive Office, and the merged offices during the transitional period of the 1990s. A substantial amount of the included files consist of meeting materials from the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for each iteration of the foundation, as well as meeting agendas and minutes for numerous other committees, such as the Nomination Committee. Also included is extensive material relating to the foundations’ finances, campaigns, special projects and events, and associated agencies. Of particular note are the files relating to the planning and organization of the transition period in which the UCS and UWSM merged.

Important Subjects: United Way Community Services United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit United Way of Southeastern Michigan UCS/UWCS Transition Committee UCS/UWCS Torch Drive UCS/UWCS Board of Directors UCS/UWCS Executive Committee UCS/UWCS General Staff Meetings UCS/UWCS Special Events UCS/UWCS Projects & Campaigns

Important Names: Arndt, Robert P. Carr, Dr. Virgil H. William, Dr. Geneva J.
Series Description: Series 1: United Community Services Files, 1990-1995 Series 2: Joint United Community Services & United Way Community Services Files, 1991-1997 Series 3: United Way Community Services Files, 1993-1998 Series 4: UCS/UWCS Transition Files, 1993-1995 Series 5: UCS/UWCS Speeches & Presentations, 1985-1998 Series 6: United Way Community Services Finances, 1995-1998

Dates

  • 1979 - 1998
  • Majority of material found within 1991 - 1998

Creator

Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials. Restrictions: Researchers may encounter records of a sensitive nature – personnel files, case records and those involving investigations, legal and other private matters. Privacy laws and restrictions imposed by the Library prohibit the use of names and other personal information which might identify an individual, except with written permission from the Director and/or the donor.

Extent

32 Linear Feet (31 SB, 1 MB, 1 OS)

Abstract

The United Way Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit (UWCS) has its origins in the establishment of the Detroit Community Union in 1917. The Union was reorganized into the Council of Social Agencies of Metropolitan Detroit in 1932, and merged with the Detroit Community Chest in 1951 to become the United Community Services (UCS). UCS operated alongside the United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSM, United Foundation until 1989), which was primarily a fundraising organization. The two merged in 1995 to create the UWCS. This merged foundation existed until 2005, when the UWCS merged with the United Way of Oakland County to create the United Way for South Eastern Michigan, which exists to this day.

UWCS was an umbrella organization for a wide range of social welfare agencies in the Metropolitan Detroit area, and sought to promote social services (including child care, family, health, recreation, and community planning) through the centralized planning, coordinating, and budgeting of those agencies. The Executive Office oversaw the various departments within UCS and UWCS, and was headed by the Executive Vice President, who was the managing director of the organization. This collection includes materials from the tenure of Executive Vice President of UCS Robert P. Arndt, and COO and Executive Vice President of UWCS Dr. Geneva J. Williams, the former President and CEO of UCS.

This collection consists of files produced by the UCS Executive Office, the UWCS Executive Office, and the merged offices during the transitional period of the 1990s. A substantial amount of the included files consist of meeting materials from the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for each iteration of the foundation, as well as meeting agendas and minutes for numerous other committees, such as the Nomination Committee. Also included is extensive material relating to the foundations’ finances, campaigns, special projects and events, and associated agencies. Of particular note are the files relating to the planning and organization of the transition period in which the UCS and UWSM merged.

History

The United Way Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit (UWCS) has its origins in the establishment of the Detroit Community Union in 1917. The Union was reorganized into the Council of Social Agencies of Metropolitan Detroit in 1932, and merged with the Detroit Community Chest in 1951 to become the United Community Services (UCS). UCS operated alongside the United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSM, United Foundation until 1989), which was primarily a fundraising organization. The two merged in 1995 to create the UWCS. This merged foundation existed until 2005, when the UWCS merged with the United Way of Oakland County to create the United Way for South Eastern Michigan, which exists to this day.

UWCS was an umbrella organization for a wide range of social welfare agencies in the Metropolitan Detroit area, and sought to promote social services (including child care, family, health, recreation, and community planning) through the centralized planning, coordinating, and budgeting of those agencies. The Executive Office oversaw the various departments within UCS and UWCS, and was headed by the Executive Vice President, who was the managing director of the organization. This collection includes materials from the tenure of Executive Vice President of UCS Robert P. Arndt, and COO and Executive Vice President of UWCS Dr. Geneva J. Williams, the former President and CEO of UCS.

Arrangement

Arranged in 6 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-4), Series 2 (Boxes 4-11), Series 3 (Boxes 11-29), Series 4 (Boxes 29-30), Series 5 (Boxes 30-32), and Series 6 (Boxes 32-33). Folders in each series are simply listed by their location within each box. They are not arranged, so any given subject may be dispersed throughout several boxes within each series.

Acquisition

The United Way Community Services Executive Office Records were deposited at the Reuther Library in 2000, by Dorothy Shorter.

Related Materials

United Community Services, United Foundation, and United Way collections, especially United Community Services Executive Office Records and United Way for South Eastern Michigan Executive Office Records.

Transfers

Two VHS tapes were transferred to the Reuther’s Audiovisual Department: “Moving Forward “From Shadows to Sunlight”” (Sep., 1996), and “A Special Message to the United Way Family” (Sep., 1994)

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Kris Kniffen on September 17, 2015.
Title
Guide to the United Way Community Services Executive Office Records
Status
completed
Author
Processed by Kris Kniffen.
Date
2015-09-17
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

Contact:
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