United Way campaign sets goal of $1.75 million
Monday, 12 November 2012 by Keith Bahlmann
This year's United Way Campaign is off to a roaring start. After a few weeks of activities including a leadership dinner, campaign coordinators training and its annual Day of Caring and Kickoff, the United Way is in full blown "charge ahead" mode.
"This year has already started off in an exciting way," says Ann Thompson, chief executive officer of United Way of Central Texas. "We had a great turnout at our Campaign Coordinating training with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and excitement and what we are seeing now is a lot or creative things going on to not only raise money, but also awareness of the United Way."
Jay Taggart; this year's campaign chair stresses the importance of this awareness. "Of course, we want to raise as much money as we possibly can, but we are also concentrating on educating the local public about who we are and what we do."
It is important for people to realize that the United Way is not only the second largest funder of health and human services, behind the State and Federal Governments, but that we are also concerned with solving root problems in our community and bringing collaborations and partnerships together to solve those problems and bring about systemic changes.
"The United Way campaign is really about more than raising money or holding events," says Ann Thompson, "it is probably the largest community event there is, because it is about people from all walks of life stepping up to take care of their own community no matter what their own needs or situations are. It is also about all of us working together as a team, Corporations, School Districts, Governments entities , and agencies to make the campaign a success so that they whole community will be a better place to live and work. It is really that important."
Last week happenings:
McLane Group and McLane Advanced Technologies held a companywide picnic, dunking booth and live auction.
HEB had a successful campaign this year with a combined campaign total of $176,000.
Scott and White Hospital held a kiss the pig contest and a chili cook-off on Thursday as part of their fund raising campaign.
Our two youth clubs, Ralph Wilson and Belton Christian Youth Club, squared off in the United Way Bowl to raise money for their community.
Belton ISD kids campaign raised $8,361.00, which resulted in the highest campaign amount for the school district of $32,000.