The City of Marysville earned the 2012 Campaign Chair Award, United Way’s top honor given to the most outstanding workplace. United Way Campaign Co-Chairs Tony Eufinger (left) and Doug Hoy (right) present City of Marysville Champions Anna Krutowskis (middle left) and Amanda Morris (middle right) with their award. Krutowskis and Morris spurred awareness and interest among City employees to increase giving by 121% over last year.
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March 15, 2013
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“We’re celebrating our successes,” said Tony Eufinger, Co-Chair of the United Way of Union County annual campaign.
That summed up the mood at this week’s LIVE UNITED Awards, held Thursday at Union Rural Electric in Marysville. A crowd of over 100 United Way Workplace Champions was saluted for helping to raise over $933,000 for the second straight year. That was 98% of the organization’s $950,000 goal for 2012-13. Because United Way was able to decrease its overhead by 3.6% this year, more money than ever before was allocated to fund 43 programs of 30 local Partner Agencies that provide social services to over 18,000 Union County residents. These include six area pantries, four senior centers, a youth center, two shelters, a program for rent and utility assistance, prescription medication, hospice care, cancer support, youth activities, and more.
“When neighbors are down and out, we’ll help lift them back up, and this is what United Way is all about,” Eufinger said.
“You are involved in something greater than yourself,” said Doug Hoy of Scotts Miracle-Gro, United Way’s Campaign Co-Chair. “That’s what this campaign and United Way are all about. You will never meet most of the people who you are helping through your fundraising work. You will never hear all of their stories. You will not know the true impact of what you’ve done. But this is the group that makes it happen.”
The event was hosted at the headquarters of Gold Campaign Award honoree Union Rural Electric.
The City of Marysville earned the 2012 Campaign Chair Award, United Way’s top honor given to the most outstanding workplace. Champions Anna Krutowskis and Amanda Morris spurred awareness and interest among City employees that increased giving by 121% over last year. The City joined Industrial Ceramic Products as two new workplaces that surpassed the $10,000 plateau in giving this year, a mark achieved by only 15 workplaces since 2000. Honda of America, Mfg, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Nationwide, Nestle Product Technology Center, Memorial Hospital of Union County, Marysville Schools, the State of Ohio, and Veyance Technologies were the top workplace partners this past year.
Bobbie Jo Trittschuh of Honda of America was named the Champion of the Year for her work in coordinating the fundraising effort at her workplace. Trittschuh leads the seven-month project every year, involving 450 associates who are trained to approach their peers for one-on-one meetings to consider making a pledge. 60% of all Honda associates did give during a month-long campaign in September. The company supports its associate United Way contributions with a 50% corporate match. The end result was $234,508 to United Way of Union County and $1.4 million overall to United Way’s across Ohio and beyond.
40 workplaces earned a Gold Campaign Award for giving levels achieved this fall. These workplaces have 40% of their employees giving to United Way, have an average employee gift of $150 or more, or provide a 100% corporate match. These include Allen Yurasek Merklin & Owens-Ruff, Bob Chapman Ford, Cannizzaro, Bridges, Jillisky & Streng, City of Marysville, Community Action Organization, Consolidated Care, Dayton Power & Light, Eufinger Law Offices, Fairbanks Schools, Fifth Third Bank, Gables at Green Pastures, Honda Lock R&D, Honda of America, Mfg., Huntington, Industrial Ceramic Products, Jonathan Alder Schools, Kroger, Loving Care Hospice, Marysville Schools, Marysville Public Library, McCarthy & Cox, Memorial Hospital of Union County, Mental Health & Recovery Board, Nestle Product Technology Center, Ohio Reformatory for Women, Parker, PNC, Richwood Banking Company, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Select Sires, Technology Site Planners, Tolles Career & Technical Center, Union County Board of DD, Union Co. Dept. of Job & Family Services, Union County Family YMCA, Union County Health Department, Union County Senior Services, Union Rural Electric, Veyance Technologies, and Wal-Mart.
Five workplaces earned a Silver Campaign Award for having 30% participation or an average employee gift of $100. These include North Union Schools, Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Union County Engineer’s Office, Union County Prosecutor’s Office, and the Union County Sheriff’s Office.
Eight entities earned Good Neighbor Awards for participating with United Way on multiple projects over the last year. These include Central Ohio Youth Center, Champaign Bank, eMarysville.com, Jerome Township, Jerome Village, Marysville Journal-Tribune, Parrott Implement, and St. John’s Lutheran Church & School.
United Way’s annual Campaign Awards Banquet was celebrated at Union Rural Electric with the corporate support of Scotts Miracle-Gro and Alan Wilson CPA, ensuring that no donor dollars were spent on the recognition event.
United Way works to bring neighbors and resources together to improve lives in Union County. More than just a fundraiser, United Way collaborates with local businesses, government, and non-profit organizations to solve pressing social service issues large and small. United Way focuses its support on four Impact Areas: Emergency & Basic Needs, such as food, shelter, pantries, disaster, emergencies, and domestic violence. Health & Human Services, such as prescription medication, cancer support, hospice care, and mental health. Youth Services, such as scouting, mentoring, child care, literacy, and after-school opportunities. Senior Services such as activities and socialization.