HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - It's been 70 years since the United Way of Madison County set out on a mission to help those who need it most. They're celebrating that and saying thank you to the community who helped make it happen.
Started during World War Two, the United Way of Madison County's mission has always been to improve the quality of education, health, and income in the community.
Saturday marked a celebration at Huntsville's Big Spring Park to remember those years, and look forward to many more.
Volunteers with United Way say the organization is in the business of helping those who can't help themselves. Fariba Tabarrok is one of those people who helps make that aid happen. She says all the work in those seven decades has gone straight back into the community - in terms of millions of dollars. "We've raised 77 million dollars, put back into the community to help those who need help get back on their feet," Tabarrok says.
United Way supports organizations like Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, and the American Red Cross.
Tabarrok says last year alone they helped about 90 thousand people in the county. She says the non-profit couldn't reach that number of people or made it 70 years without the community's help. "They are touching and changing lives everyday. It could be their friend, their neighbor, their coworker, their family member. We're just grateful to them for their support," Tabarrok says.
She says they're grateful for the seven decades they've been able to carry out their mission, and they look forward to many, more.