Volunteers ‘hatching’ plan for another United Way record

Longtime Logan County residents Rick and Jill Hatcher are serving as co-chairs of the 2017 United Way fall campaign. They are hoping to top last year’s record-setting $830,199 total. An $850,000 mark has been established as the campaign goal.

“I’m a pretty competitive person, so it’s great to set goals and then work hard to achieve them,” said Rick. “But in addition to that, by meeting or surpassing our lofty goal, it will allow us to give even more support to the community.”

The couple agreed to serve in this role as a way to give back.

“When you hear that one in three people benefit from United Way in Logan County, it’s hard not to believe in the importance of United Way,” said Rick, who recently retired as President of Citizens Federal Savings & Loan.

“I am so impressed with all the organizations that are affiliated with United Way,” said Jill, who is a Hair Stylist at Kut n Loose salon in Bellefontaine. “I’ve been able to see United Way in action. And actions speak louder than words.”

United Way fights for the education, health, and financial stability of every person in Logan County. 33 programs of 27 Funded Agencies are being supported in 2017 by United Way allocations from last year’s campaign. 18 more grants have been awarded throughout the year to additional organizations through our Community Impact and Youth Allocations funds.

“I like that we help so many different agencies and that if you feel strongly about some, you can designate your donation to go toward that agency,” said Jill.

More than 90 percent of United Way’s revenue comes from traditional workplace campaigns in which employees are given the opportunity to give via payroll deduction. Some employers match donor dollars. Hundreds of donors give from home via online giving or by mail.

The United Way Campaign Kickoff Luncheon, presented by Quest Federal Credit Union, is set for Wednesday August 30 from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. at St. Patrick Church’s Makley Hall in Bellefontaine. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to RSVP by calling United Way at (937) 592-2886.

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.

United Way of Logan County, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization and is registered with the BBB of Central Ohio. We participate in the BBB Accredited Charity Seal program, which indicates that we meet all 20 of the Standards of Charity Accountability and are noted as an Accredited Charity. The 20 Standards evaluate a charity’s financial accountability, governance and oversight, effectiveness measures, and fundraising and informational materials.

For more information, visit www.uwlogan.org, or call (937) 592-2886.

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Rick and Jill Hatcher co-chairing new United Way campaign

By Dave Bezusko

Executive Director

United Way of Champaign County

Submitted by United Way of Champaign County.