United Way of Adams County (UWAC) officially started their 2021 ‘Starts With You’ campaign on Thursday, August 12 with an event at ONE Special Event Venue located at 600 Hampshire Street in downtown Quincy. UWAC officials and volunteers discussed their goals for the upcoming campaign and the 2021 campaign goal was announced.
Campaign leadership in 2021 will include former Quincy Mayor Chuck Scholz as campaign chairperson who along with director of development and communications for United Way of Adams County, Adam Duesterhaus, will lead the fundraising efforts. Bryan and Brooke Stokes (Bryan is President of Quincy Recycle) will co-chair this year preparing them for chair duties in 2022. A social hour started at 5:00pm followed by a short program at 6:00pm that included a video premiere and goal announcement. Reservations were required and all proceeds for the event go towards the 2021 annual campaign. You may learn more at www.unitedwayadamsco.org/startswithyou.
“Adams County is a special place and nothing made that more evident this past year than the overwhelming support we received from the community – especially during such a difficult time,” said United Way of Adams County executive director Jeremy Wingerter. “Despite the challenges we all face, the needs of our community and our valued partner agencies remain. In these still uncertain times we hope Quincy and Adams County joins us in helping to provide the funding needed for the children and families we serve.”
The United Way of Adams County Board of Directors has set the goal of $1,100,000 in 2021. Officials urge the community to give more than they have previously, or for the first time altogether, ensuring critical services and programs United Way invests in continue uninterrupted for those that need it the most.
“A successful United Way campaign means people in Adams County are given access to the same opportunities as everyone else,” said 2021 campaign chairperson Chuck Scholz. “This year is critical in so many ways and we’re hoping to keep our promise to those we serve by meeting and exceeding our goal. With everyone’s help, we know we can have another successful year and support those vital services we invest in every year.”
United Way of Adams County, IL., advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for all. Our focus is on education, financial stability, and health because these are the building blocks for a good quality of life. United Way recruits people and organizations from all across the community who bring the passion, expertise and resources needed to get things done. For over 80 years, local agencies and thousands of volunteers and donors have joined the movement by committing to give, advocate, or volunteer because that’s what it means to Live United.
Throughout its 84-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.
Through generous support by companies and individuals across Adams County, United Way supports 28 partner agency programs, numerous county-wide initiatives and community support services. United Way and its partners impact over 34,000 people each year – roughly 46% of all residents in Adams County. Teams of campaign volunteers reach out to area businesses, professionals and individuals to share how United Way approaches community investment, strengthens non-profit partner agencies, leverages state/federal dollars and ultimately impacts lives of children and adults.