You hear Chad when you wake up every morning on WPKO. You see Nita around town as Director of Advancement at Green Hills Community or volunteering for countless causes. Together, the Wilkinsons are leading the 2015 United Way campaign, which kicks off with a $720,000 goal.
The duo have been actively involved with United Way for the last 15 years and have seen first-hand the importance donor dollars make in our community.
“This money is needed to help fund the agencies in our area,” said Nita. “One out of three people will be touched by United Way in some form or another. It may be Boy Scouts or Daybreak Adult daycare or Hospice. The money raised will help these agencies provide these services and hopefully more to those in need.”
“I’ve seen what happens when this money is used,” said Chad, Station Manager and morning show host at WPKO. “The relief on a kid’s face when he gets a coat in the winter because of Warm Clothes for Kids; the feeding of a hungry stomach to folks who can’t afford a meal from Our Daily Bread; the happiness brought to someone from spending time with a horse at Discovery Riders, and so much more. It’s all happening right here, every day! And the money donated from our local businesses and residents helps these agencies that help our local people in need.”
The $720,000 goal is a $20,000 increase over last year’s campaign, which achieved its $700,000 goal. 18 of the top 21 employers in Logan County conduct a traditional United Way workplace campaign each fall. More than 150 local businesses partner with United Way, and over 3,000 individuals donate to the cause. There are many ways for you to get involved with United Way. Find out how by planning to join us at our Campaign Kickoff on September 1 at 11:30 a.m. at Green Hills Foundation Hall.
“When you give to United Way you are feeding the hungry, clothing the poor and giving hope to those who need it,” said Nita. “When you give to United Way, you are giving to 22 different programs. And 90 cents of every dollar goes to directly to those programs. I can’t think of any other one organization that can do all of that!”
“The United Way is Logan County,” said Chad. “Hearing the stories from these organizations over the years, it’s amazing how these agencies touch our community. The money raised stays here and helps so many people how can you not support and believe in something that does this?”
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 has been a valued community partner since it was established locally in 1954, collaborating 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.