— 1950–60s — moderate to good economic growth, with ‘60s plagued by racial unrest/violence and war protests
— 1977-79 — recession and inflation
— 1981 — recession; unemployment rose to 10 percent; 25 percent of federal funds cut to human service agencies
— 1987-88 — dramatic drop in Dow Jones, signaling business down-cycle with corporate restructuring and downsizing
— 1992 — health care costs hit $838.5 billion, 14 percent of total economic output
— 1990 — welfare rolls reached record high — 14.3 million people
— 1998 — welfare rolls fell to 8 million, a 30-year low
— 2000 — number of children living on threshold of poverty surpassed 10 million
— 2003 — world economy hits worst slump since World War II.
Unfortunately in 2013-14, our number of children in poverty both nationally and locally is at an abominable high — 22-23 percent.
The need for us to help others continues now more than ever. We aim to reduce poverty by investing in programs that prepare children for school and life; help people enjoy healthier lifestyles; and help people achieve more financially stable lives. Help us live our mission by giving today for a better tomorrow for us all.
Give. Volunteer. Advocate. Live United. Thank you.
Jeanne M. Mulvaney is president of United Way of Danville Area, Inc., 28 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832. Phone: 442-3512.