Our history


Our United Way has a long and proud history of serving our community.  In 1957, a handful of women and men decided Fort Myers needed an organized way to help those in need.  A caring community agreed and worked together to make it happen.  They formed the organization that you now know as United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades, and Okeechobee.

Our United Way began as a grassroots, volunteer driven, neighbor helping neighbor movement that solves community problems and we continue with that same philosophy today.  Thanks to your generosity, your caring and your commitment, the United Way of today is a vital and growing organization and your contributions support an entire network of programs working together to improve the quality of life in our community for everyone.