The United Way of Christian County recently announced that Bill Bullard of Morrisonville, Carol Schramm of Pana, Terri France, DJ Kennedy, and Pam Peabody all of Taylorville, have been appointed to lead the 2011-2012 Fund Drive. These community volunteers have graciously agreed to embrace the challenge in an effort to meet the needs of those agencies within Christian County.
As campaign co-chairs, they will have the responsibility for leading and coordinating with area United Way Caring Leaders, Team Captains, and fund drive volunteers in their efforts to raise funds for 23 local charitable organizations supported by United Way. Surpassing last year’s goal of $135,000 and with the momentum of the last few years’ extremely successful campaigns, this year’s goal was set at $140,000 and will be allocated to 23 member agencies servicing individuals and families around the county. The agencies, individuals and families who benefit from these funds would be lacking in the much needed services if it weren’t for the efforts of these willing volunteers and the donations from those in Christian County.
“We have a great group of co-chairs this year that are very excited to kick-off the campaign and embrace the challenge of raising $140,000,” stated United Way Executive Director Joni Beyers. “Each co-chair has experience working with United Way in some form or another, whether as a board member, Caring Leader, or past co-chair.”
The United Way member agencies served more than 10,000 people in 2010 and numbers have continued to grow throughout 2011. “Growing up in our small community, I’ve seen first hand the benefits of so many of these organizations that are served by the United Way, and that’s why it was so easy to say YES and get involved,” stated Terri France “There are organizations in our community that provide vital, sometimes lifesaving services, and we need to make sure these organizations are able to continue. In fact, I have personally seen the fruits of our labor in so many children and families that there is absolutely no hesitation when asked to help or donate.”
As the Kick-off for the campaign nears, Pam Peabody talks about why she agreed to get involved again this year. “I am very honored to be a part of the United Way Fund Drive again this year. I like knowing that 100% of my donation stays in Christian County and helps a variety of agencies that help so many people.”
The co-chairs will be introduced at the 2011-2012 Campaign Kick-off dinner on Thursday, September 15th at 6:00PM at Taylorville Memorial Hospital. All United Way volunteers, donors and anyone interested in more information or supporting the United Way are welcome to attend. This year’s fund drive will run from September 15th to November 10th.