United Way of Logan County unveiled results from its 2015-16 campaign Feb. 24 at its LIVE UNITED Awards Luncheon at Café 212 in Bellefontaine, showing it raised $723,050 to help meet the social service needs of the community.
The totals represent 100.4 percent of United Way’s $720,000 goal established last summer. This marks the fourth straight year of campaign increases and the most funds generated since 2006.
“It was amazing to see so many great campaigns and the generosity that everybody delivered here in Logan County throughout the season,” said Chad Wilkinson, who along with his wife, Nita, served as volunteer co-chairs of the campaign. “We were humbled by the experience. It was definitely something that we appreciate being a part of.”
AcuSport Corporation and NetGain Information Systems were awarded with the prestigious Traveling Trophies, representing United Way’s top honor for philanthropic achievement. The trophies are annually presented to the workplaces with the highest giving per capita in two divisions: large business (100 or more associates) and small (fewer than 100). AcuSport raised $91,360 in its fall campaign by using a number of internal giving incentives and a generous $453 average employee gift. NetGain’s campaign increased by 19 percent from a year ago, raising $13,008 among just 27 employees.
“There’s just a commitment to United Way that comes from the top and that reaches every person here,” said Janet Siders, who accepted the trophy on behalf of AcuSport. “I appreciate their giving. Every dollar makes an impact.
Twenty-seven workplaces earned a Gold Campaign Award for giving levels achieved this fall. These workplaces have 50 percent of their employees giving to United Way, have an average employee gift of $150 or more, or provide a 100% corporate match of employee giving. These include: AGC Glass, Bellefontaine City Schools, Belletech Corporation, Citizens Federal Savings & Loan, City of Bellefontaine, Civista Bank, Consolidated Care, Honda of America, Honda Transmission, Humble Construction, Liberty National Bank, Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Logan County Electric Cooperative, Logan County Family Court, Lutheran Community Services, PNC, PowerBuilt, Precision Custom Products, Rath Information Systems, Smith Smith Montgomery & Chamberlain, SpartanNash, Steve Austin’s Auto Group, Thompson Dunlap & Heydinger, Transportation Research Center, Universal Health & Hospice, V-Teck Communications, and World Class Plastics
Seven workplaces earned a Silver Campaign Award for having at least 40 percent participation, an average gift of $100 or more, or a $100 per capital corporate gift. These include: Logan Acres, Logan County Department of Job & Family Services, Mary Rutan Hospital, NEX Transport, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, Riverside Schools, and RTC Industries.
Six workplaces earned a Bronze Campaign Award for having at least 25% participation, an average employee gift of $52 or more, or a $52 per capita employee gift. These include: Benjamin Logan Schools, Community Health & Wellness Partners, Green Hills Community, Indian Lake Schools, Kroger, and Midwest Regional Education Service Center.
Interim Health Care and Thomas & Marker Construction were awarded with a Good Neighbor Award for their generous corporate gifts.
Monies raised have already been allocated for use within the community this year, with 26 programs of 21 local service agencies receiving quarterly United Way funding. Dollars were also set aside for additional agencies to apply for one-time grants.
Four new Funded Agencies are receiving United Way campaign dollars in 2016, including Community Action Organization’s tax preparation program, meals-on-wheels through LifeCare Alliance, summer lunches and back-to-school supplies at the Neighborhood Outreach Centers, and senior rides via Transportation Logan County. This is in addition to popular stand-bys such as Catholic Charities’ Second Harvest Food Bank, Lutheran Community Services’ Our Daily Bread, Warm Clothes for Kids, the Caring Hearts Hospice program of Universal Health, Logan County Cancer Society, and more.
It’s the mission of United Way of Logan County to facilitate successful agency partnerships that enable a safe, healthy, and caring community. More than just a fundraiser, United Way collaborates with businesses, non-profits, government, and civic organizations to help meet the social service needs of the community.
For more information, visit www.uwlogan.org or call (937) 592-2886.
Submitted by United Way of Logan County.