2016 Campaign Reaches 40% of Goal

Two months into active solicitations has brought the 2016 United Way campaign to 40% of the $340,000 goal.

This appeal – “Color Our World A Better Place” – has garnered great responses from across the nine divisions that make up the campaign structure. One of the primary focuses, according to campaign co-chair Heather Bell, has been the employee workplace presentations.

“Visiting local business and industries has opened mine and (campaign co-chair) Andy’s eyes and introduced us to even more incredible people that we didn’t know before.”

“We are overjoyed at having raised as much as we have so far,” said Andy Bell. “We are truly blessed to be surrounded by so many people who really care about others. It’s been a wonderful experience so far, and we’re excited for the next couple of months.”

Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis said one message she’s carried this campaign has been how far-reaching the impact of the United Way is in our area.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of giving to the local United Way,” said Davis. “Please do so knowing that you are able to have the greatest impact with one contribution; it’s an easy way to change a life.”

Efforts will continue for the next two months, continuing with employee workplace presentations, and individual and business solicitations. Local businesses who contribute by then will be recognized on WESB’s LiveLine program on Monday, October 24th.

Also in the works is the annual Soup Lunch, which will be filling some bellies on Friday, November 18th.

“We are so proud to be a part of this great community that shows compassion and gives back to others,” said Heather Bell. “We thank those who’ve already made their financial commitment, and are excited about what’s to come.