Since 1924, United Way has been committed to making Austin greater.
In that time, Austin has shifted from a city dominated by the government and higher education sectors to a booming center for live music, film, technology, environmental activism and more.
We've evolved right along: leading the community to begin investing in Greater Austin in the 1930s, conducting the first ever assessment of community needs in the 1980s and developing a plan to change the landscape of care for young children in the 2010s.
This timeline is a celebration of how we continue to grow up together - and a living memorial for the city we love.
This project highlights the expected and unexpected faces of those struggling. These individuals might be living paycheck-to-paycheck, may be dealing with debt - and they may be facing difficult choices with limited income, unexpected expenses (like a medical emergency or car trouble) or high-costs of everyday needs (like housing or child care).
We've partnered with Matthew Rainwaters (photographer) and Alex Hannaford (journalist & author) to provide a platform for our friends and neighbors to tell their own stories. Our goal is to show that struggle is not far away and thus begin a conversation about the systems that cause difficult decisions and what we can do about them.