United Way of Central Texas gears up for campaign
Monday, 24 September 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
United Way of Central Texas is excited about this year's upcoming campaign, beginning with some great events. On Wed., Sept. 12, UWCT will be hosting a leadership dinner highlighted by guest speaker Judge Ken Starr, President of Baylor University. The dinner will take place at the Cultural Activities Center in Strasburger Hall at 6 o'clock in the evening.
"We are so honored to have Judge Starr come and speak to our community leaders," said Ann Thompson, Executive Director for United Way of Central Texas.
Judge Starr is known for his distinguished career in academia, the law and public service and has received a multitude of honors and awards. He has also volunteered many hours teaching in the inner city and assisting underprivileged students.
"Having someone who holds such public acclaim, and such a servant's heart, share his time with those individuals who provide the leadership and direction for our community, should prove to be an exciting and inspirational evening," said Thompson.
This event will be followed by the Campaign Coordinator Training on Fri., Sept. 14.
"The two most important components of a successful campaign is buy-in from leadership, along with caring, enthusiastic, and well informed workplace campaign coordinators," said Jay Taggart, Campaign Chair for the 2012-2013 campaign. "We are hoping to not only inspire our leadership, but give those people who are running a workplace campaign the tools, resources, and support they need to be successful."
"We have planned a really fun day for our coordinators this year," said Thompson, "and at the end of the day they will all walk away stars."
Finally, Friday, September 21st will mark the official Campaign Kick-off with our 11th Annual Day of Caring. Last year, over 400 volunteers spent the day doing several projects around the community.
"Working at an agency and assisting with repairs, or completing a project, acquaints the volunteers with the mission of service provided through United Way agencies' staff and volunteers to clients in the community." said Mary Pearson, President of the United Way Board. "Last year's volunteers saved our agencies over $65,000 in repairs and clean up. But the most important aspect of the day is that volunteers walk away from the experience understanding the impact that United Way of Central Texas makes in thousands of lives every day of the year."