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1 year, 8 months ago by Bob Gough

United Way of Adams County, Inc. Campaign Dr. John Letts, President of John Wood Community College,  has announced the projected total raised during the 2012 campaign is $1,183,494. This represents 104% of the $1,138,000 goal United Way campaign volunteers announced in August.  Letts says tonight’s announcement is an update to the community on where the campaign stands, not a final total raised.  Estimates for accounts yet to report are included.

“The success of any campaign is directly related to the enthusiasm and personal commitment that individuals give to ensure United Way can match resources to needs, and this year you did just that,” said Letts.  “That same support and enthusiasm is creating opportunities every day for a healthy and prosperous community.”

Another outcome of this year’s campaign is reconnecting with former givers.

Letts reminded attendees that “by working together, we have reached – and surpassed – the first goal of the 2012 campaign.  Now, we look to the months ahead and accomplishing other goals.” 

Throughout the evening, Letts cited specific examples of success in the 2012 campaign.

  • Special Events continue to grow in popularity year after year.  Community events included Restaurant Days, a golf tournament and the annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast at County Market, as well as numerous workplace special events. 
  • In the Commercial Division, WGEM, Moore’s Floors, Ashley Furniture and KHQA each increased by more than 25%.
  • The financial division led the campaign with great momentum.  Bank of Springfield, First Bankers Trust Services and People’s Prosperity Bank are just a few that saw significant increases in their campaigns.
  • The Industrial Division had an incredible year. Substantial increases were gained at ADM Soybean, Refinery, & Packaging; Gardner Denver; Knapheide Equipment Company and The Knapheide Manufacturing Company; Prince Agri Products and local energy & communications cooperatives.
  • In the professional division, John Wood Community College, WDM Computer Services, Washington Elementary School and Quincy reported standout results.
  • Great efforts were made by local government and other Public Service Division companies.  Special events hosted by the City of Quincy and Adams County government offices, Blessing Health System, and Cheerful Home Child Care & Early Learning Center paid great dividends.  Advocacy Network for Children, YWCA of Quincy and Boy Scouts also reported large increases.
  • The Special Gifts division consists of retirees and home-based professionals.  This year, nearly 400 donors in this division added more than $75,000 to the campaign. 

 

The Loaned Executive Program is a vital piece of the United Way campaign.  Each year, local businesses select an employee to work with United Way throughout the campaign and function as an extension of the United Way staff.  Loaned executives learn about United Way and its partner organizations then take the message to various companies and employees.  This year 13 individuals made 78 presentations.

“Because of (the loaned executives’) dedication and determination, more than $500,000 was raised for the campaign,” said Campaign Vice Chairman Jerry Jackson, President/CEO of Blessing Physician Services.  “They truly went above and beyond what they were asked to do.”

United Way staff will continue to finalize the remaining 60 open accounts in the next few months.  Planning for the 2013 Campaign will occur simultaneously under the leadership of Jackson.

 

“If you have not had a chance to give to United Way this year, there is still time and we encourage you to do so,” concluded Letts.


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