Local United Way kicks off 2016 campaign

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JANESVILLE — The United Way Blackhawk Region’s 2016 Community Campaign will kick off with a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 21 at the ABC Supply Company corporate hangar at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport.

Milly Babcock and Kim Hendricks, 2015 Champions of United Way’s community campaign, will be on hand to pass the torch to the group of local leaders championing this year’s campaign.

“The role of the Champions is to deliver an emphatic call to action for individuals and businesses to support United Way’s campaign and mission,” said United Way Blackhawk Region President and CEO Mary Fanning-Penny. “As well-known entrepreneurs, these local leaders will share touching personal stories of how United Way funded programs have impacted their families and made our community stronger.”

Pacesetter campaign results and the financial goal for 2016 will be announced and an exciting new collaboration between the City of Beloit, City of Janesville, Rock County and United Way Blackhawk Region will also be unveiled.

The United Way’s annual Day of Caring will again follow the breakfast, with more than 720 volunteers helping out nonprofits throughout the Blackhawk Region on a variety of projects.

“Volunteers will roll up their sleeves to simultaneously complete 109 Day of Caring projects, the highest number to date,” stated Beth Gliebe, a volunteer who coordinates all projects and logistics for the day. “It never ceases to amaze me how our community shows up in force for Day of Caring. I’m so proud of the ways in which we pull together to demonstrate our support for United Way and dozens of deserving 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 communities. The $2.39 million dollars raised in the 2015 campaign helped to support 89,201 points of (duplicated) service provided by 80 Program Partners.

The United Way Blackhawk Region provides community grants and resources to 80 human services programs at 39 nonprofit agencies in Rock County, Wis. and northern Winnebago County, Ill. More information about United Way Blackhawk Region is available at LiveUnitedBR.org.

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