Activities are underway for the United Way of Kosciusko County 2012 Campaign. The goal for this year’s annual fund drive has been established at $2.18 million; it is simply a target for the campaign cabinet. The involvement of existing partners and new participating businesses will make every attempt so the goal can be reached.
This year, in conjunction to the 2012 campaign, funding growth could literally double the investment in Kosciusko County. The Indiana Association of United Ways has offered local United Ways the INvest 1213 grant. This is a matching incentive for new dollars up to $202,232 for our community.
The Pacesetters for this year will be running their campaigns throughout the month of August. They are Grace College & Seminary, Lake City Bank, Maple Leaf Farms, Martin’s Super Market and Orange Dental Group. These companies have been hard at work planning outstanding campaigns for our United Way. Each of these companies have put together a team of internal leaders to execute their annual fund drive plan designed especially for their employees.
Lake City Bank has been in Warsaw since 1872 with 43 total branches. Everett Nifong is the 2012 United Way General Campaign Chair and felt this was a good time for Lake City Bank to be a Pacesetter. They are going to kick-off their campaign during Warsaw’s First Friday event, August 3rd with a Cash Machine for participants to grab cash for United Way and for a chance to win $100 and other prizes. Lake City Bank also contributes a corporate gift as they have been a strong supporter of United Way and sees the need to give back to the community.
All Martin’s Super Markets are running their internal campaigns throughout the month of August. The Martin’s employees will be joined by their corporation in making gifts to our organization. This is the second year that Warsaw Martin’s has participated in the campaign and it will be great to see what a difference they will be able to make when they all work together to LIVE UNITED.
Maple Leaf Farms has been a part of our community for over 54 years. They recently purchased and renovated the former Leesburg Elementary School and it now serves as their world headquarters. The internal campaign involves many fun activities for employees to participate in. Several items are being raffled as part of a silent auction and all proceeds will go to the United Way of Kosciusko County. Maple Leaf Farms also contributes a corporate gift to show once again the organization and employees know how to LIVE UNITED.
Grace College & Seminary is celebrating their 75th year. Grace values the assets of our community and the region. The importance of education, the arts and culture, and economic conditions are expressed through Grace’s interactions with what it shares within the community. In addition to being involved in the campaign Grace offers outstanding partnership in 2 United Way of Kosciusko County initiatives – The Day of Caring and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA). Grace College & Seminary recognized the needs in our community, wanted to make a difference and stepped forward to be a 2012 Pacesetter.
Orange Dental Group is new to the Warsaw community, but not new to the idea of giving back. Dr. Christiaan Willig’s office is known for family friendly dentistry both here and in the Elkhart based office. They would like to send a message to the employees to embrace a culture of giving. Their campaign will begin with kick-off breakfast encouraging employees to learn about their local United Way.
In addition to the Pacesetter company activities, the annual Corporate Dodgeball event sponsored by The Bowen Center will be held Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Lakeview Middle School with all proceeds going to our local United Way. United Way of Kosciusko County would like to thank the Bowen Center and its partners for bringing this event to the community for the 8th year in a row.
The annual campaign is a tool that the United Way of Kosciusko County uses to drive change in our community. The 2012 campaign is more important than ever as we try to positively impact our county in the areas of education, income and health, and earn the matching grant dollars. More information about how you can participate in many ways is available online at www.unitedwaykosciusko.org. The United Way appreciates this year’s Pacesetters and wants to remind everyone that your chance is here to show what it means to LIVE UNITED.