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Charlottesville Nonprofit Celebrates 7 Decades of Service

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The United Way - Thomas Jefferson Area The United Way - Thomas Jefferson Area

A Charlottesville nonprofit is celebrating seven decades of service to the community Friday.

The United Way - Thomas Jefferson Area started as the Charlottesville and Albemarle War and Community Fund in 1943.  The organization has changed its name five times and moved to six different buildings in the past 70 years, but its mission has been consistent.

"We have three goals - school readiness, self-sufficiency, and community health, and if you look back through our history, that's a fairly common thread.  Back in 1943, we were still focused on children, on health care, and of course poverty.  So through the years, we've adapted, we've changed, we've tried new things," said Kim Connolly, vice president of marketing and communications.   

The United Way has scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, and photos that document its history.

It still even has minutes from the first meeting that took place 70 years ago.

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