The local community has a lot to celebrate; 90 years of the United Way of the Bradford Area, and helping to raise 35% of this year’s $350,000 goal.
“We are working diligently again this year to stress the importance of giving to the annual United Way campaign, and our message is well received,” said Mandi Wilton Davis, executive director.
“We have a great campaign team, which is instrumental in relaying our message throughout the entire community, and we’ve stayed very busy with employee workplace presentations,” Davis added.
The workplace presentations are an integral part of the United Way’s success, as it allows staff and agency representative the opportunity to talk candidly about how the annual appeal impacts the local community.
“I am so grateful to the entities which allow us to come in and speak directly to their workforce year in and year out,” said Davis, “as well as to those who manage internal campaigns. Allowing the donors to hear first-hand how their payroll deduction can make an impact on someone’s life is a great asset.”
Speaking on behalf of the eight co-chairs, Kelly Zurat Case said, “We are so pleased to see donors increasing their gifts to make reaching the increased overall goal a little easier. We have seen a number of new contributors, too, which is always an achievement.”
The small business division will be the focal point next week with the annual Business Blitz on Friday, October 16th.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of giving to the 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.”
And, as a reminder, the organization will be holding a Stuff the Truck supply drive on Saturday from 8:00 am – noon at Tops and Save-A-Lot. Volunteers will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items and other necessities to benefit local pantries, shelters and organizations.