Day of Caring...and appreciation
United Way of Bedford County kicked off its fall fund-raising campaign with a "Day of Caring" on Thursday, in which employees of various United Way-participating companies or organizations volunteered at United Way-funded agencies, followed by the annual kickoff and appreciation luncheon, including the presentation of awards for last year's campaign.
After several years of declines, United Way's 2010 campaign saw a slight increase, and campaign chair Tonya Davis told the Times-Gazette she's hopeful for the same this year.
"People are really stepping up," said Davis.
United Way is, at its heart, a consolidated fund-raising program, in which donors can contribute to one central agency and have the funds distributed among about 20 member agencies serving Bedford County residents. Many companies offer payroll deductions, such that a barely-noticeable weekly contribution adds up to something significant over the course of a year.
But board chair Brian Nicholson noted during Thursday's luncheon that United Way is not just a funnel anymore and has become more pro-active in organizing activities that directly serve people. United Way initiatives include the "Stuff The School Bus" program, which collects school supplies for needy children, and the annual Child Safety Day, which offers safety information and the chance for parents to have their children fingerprinted for emergency ID kits.
Campaign awards presented Thursday:
* Derryberry Award, for best campaign among employers with 100 or more employees: City of Shelbyville;
* Advocate Award, for best campaign among employers with fewer than 100 employees: First Community Bank;
* Most Campaign Growth: Winnett Associates;
* Best Kickoff Event: Jostens.
For more information about United Way of Bedford County, call 684-6685 or go to unitedwaybedford.org.