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In 1946, a group of Dodge City/Ford County businessmen and civic leaders felt the time was right for the Dodge City area to organize a Community Chest. The organization was created to serve as an agent to collect funds for local charities. The name Community Chest was widely used for United Way organizations until the 1950s. Over 60 years later - and now recognized as the United Way of Dodge City, we continue to raise funds and focus on mobilizing the caring power of communities and making a difference in people’s lives. The purpose of the organization has remained constant throughout all of these years. The United Way of Dodge City raises funds in the community for education, better health and wellness, and income stability.