United Way campaign to kick off Wednesday

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The United Way Blackhawk Region will kick off its 2015 community campaign with its annual breakfast set for 7 a.m. Wednesday at the Eclipse Center in Beloit.

Following the breakfast, volunteers will fan out throughout the community to pitch in at non-profit agencies during the Day of Caring.

During the breakfast, the Pacesetter campaign results will be announced as will the fundraising goal for this year. Also, two local leaders who will be serving as the 2015 Campaign Champions will be introduced.

“The role of the Champions is to lend high-level leadership, visibility and support to United Way’s campaign,” said United Way Blackhawk Region President and CEO Mary Fanning-Penny. “These civically-minded advocates will inspire attendees by lending personal endorsements for the importance of community


After the program, hundreds of local volunteers will converge on non-profit agencies throughout the Blackhawk Region to work on a variety of one-day community service projects. In the past, these projects have included painting walls and landscaping.

“It’s amazing the amount of work this group of 635 energetic volunteers will accomplish,” said Beth Gliebe, Day of Caring volunteer project coordinator. “Volunteers will roll up their sleeves to complete close to 75 Day of Caring projects ranging from painting to landscaping, pantry cleaning and delivering meals to the homebound (and everything in-between) at 29 area nonprofits.”

Financial and volunteer resources garnered through the campaign enable United Way to accomplish its mission of improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of


The $2.679 million raised in the 2014 campaign helped to support 130,429 health and human services provided by 103 Program Partners; an increase from 94,000 services in 2013.

To attend United Way Blackhawk Region’s 2015 Campaign Kickoff breakfast contact the United Way at 608-314-8426 or chartje@lubr.org.

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