MARION — United Way of Marion County kicked off its annual fundraising campaign Wednesday evening at the Marion Area Chamber’s Business After Hours Event, held at The Ohio State University Marion.
“Each year, we plan a kick-off event with a community partner,” said Executive Director Pam Stone. “In the past several years, we’ve showcased one of the programs or initiatives we’re working on to give folks a taste of the work we do. We hope that people will leave the kick off excited and ready to support the local community through the United Way campaign.”
Last year, the annual giving campaign raised almost $1 million that was reinvested in Marion County, and the goal this year will remain steady at $1 million.
The United Way of Marion County’s 2015 campaign theme is “When You Give, the Community Keeps the Change.”
Amber Wertman, assistant director, said, “Change starts here in Marion County and United Way is happy to lead the way.”
United Way got a head start on the campaign by working with local financial institutions on a “Change Challenge.” Donations of loose change were collected from Sept. 1-18 at Commercial Savings Bank, Marion Community Credit Union, The Union Bank Co., United Bank division of The Park National Bank and United Federal Credit Union.
The winner of the “Change Challenge” was Commercial Savings Bank.
Attendees were encouraged to check out United Way of Marion County’s new website, including the 2015 Campaign video. For information on United Way, or to find out how you can contribute to the campaign, contact United Way of Marion County at 740-383-3108 or visit www.unitedwaymarion.org.
United Way of Marion County helps create community impact everyday by connecting community resources and volunteers. Currently, the nonprofit provides funding to 32 programs through 18 partner agencies.