United Way of Union County (UWUC) kicked off their annual campaign with a breakfast at the Union County Family YMCA.
Wednesday’s event featured 18 speakers including 15 representatives from UWUC’s 25 partner agencies, along with 23 workplaces represented.
Over 40 workplaces participate in helping the local non-profit reach their annual goal to fund local partner agencies and programs that impact four areas:
Economic Stability (food and shelter),
Access to Health,
Childhood and Youth Success, and
Corinne Bix, Director of UWUC, said this year the campaign will measure impact. The newly updated Impact thermometer was placed on the courthouse lawn this week.
“We are taking a different approach to meeting the funding needs of our 25 local partner agencies,” Bix said,
“We decided to highlight our four impact areas and remind our community that without support we can’t make a 100% impact through our agencies.”
UWUC partner agencies who spoke at the kick-off included: 2-1-1 Helpline, The Salvation Army, Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland, Boy Scouts Simon Kenton Council, Discovery Riders Therapeutic Riding Center,
Union County Guardianship Service, Union County Neighbor to Neighbor, Loving Care Hospice, Union County Personal Needs Pantry at The Hope Center, Wings Support and Recovery,
The Richwood Civic Center, Windsor & Community Seniors, Union County Family YMCA, Turning Point Domestic Violence Shelter and Daily Needs Assistance of Plain City. For a complete list visit their website.
The emphasis on impact led to creating four separate impact videos vs. one overarching video as done in years past.
“Each of the four impact videos features one of our partner agencies and shows the why behind the give,” Bix said, “Everyone has different reasons and passions for where they donate.
By focusing on each of our impact areas our hope is one of the four stories will resonate with donors and show them a clear purpose as to how their gift is being used to impact lives here in Union County and Plain City.”
The Economic Stability video features The Salvation Army’s rapid-rehousing program. The Access to Health video focuses on Wings Support and Recovery’s Peer Support program for those managing mental
illness and addiciton. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Union County mentoring program is featured in the Childhood and Youth Success Video and Senior Engagement is
captured at Community and Seasoned Citizens.
“We had a great energy at this week’s event,” Bix said, “It was great to have UWUC board members, campaign team volunteers, agency partners and workplace
representatives all in the same room united for the same purpose, to impact local lives through local dollars.”