United Way of Adams County has announced plans to raise $1.1 million in the 2017 Annual Campaign, which officially began August 2 at a kick-off event at The Pier attended by United Way leaders, volunteers and many community partners. The 2017 Annual Campaign is lead by Bryan Langston, Vice President of Warehousing for Dot Foods and Hal Oakley, Chairman of Schmiedeskamp Robertson Neu & Mitchell.
“Throughout its 80-year history, United Way has been connecting people and resources to meet the needs of others. We are the bridge to new opportunities as we focus on ensuring children and youth are on track for success in school, encouraging work readiness and financial stability, and increasing access to vital health services,” Langston said. “During our campaign, we will highlight the many ways each of us can be that bridge when we come together and invest in United Way.”
Through generous support by companies and individuals across Adams County, United Way supports 31 partner agency programs, numerous county-wide initiatives and community support services. United Way and its partners impact over 31,000 people each year – roughly 46% of all residents in Adams County. Langston and Oakley lead a team of campaign volunteers who reach out to area businesses, professionals and individuals to share how the United Way approach to community investment strengthens non-profit partner agencies, leverages state/federal dollars and ultimately impacts lives of children and adults.
In announcing the 2017 campaign goal, Oakley shared that commitments by Pacesetters WGEM-TV, Blessing Health System, Dot Foods, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Cheerful Home along with several individual and private donations already total $125,000.
“With these early commitments and the enthusiastic excitement of our campaign team, we are off to a strong start,” Oakley added. “However, we can only reach our goal if those who hear our message will make a generous commitment to the campaign and encourage others to do the same.”