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Friday, 16 September 2016 11:43

United Way kickoff 2016 begins Day of Caring

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Volunteers work on a landscape project during last year’s United Way Blackhawk Region’s Day of Caring. This year’s community service day begins Sept. 21 with a kickoff breakfast. Volunteers work on a landscape project during last year’s United Way Blackhawk Region’s Day of Caring. This year’s community service day begins Sept. 21 with a kickoff breakfast. Untied Way Blackhawk Region photo

BELOIT -- The United Way Blackhawk Region’s 2016 Community Campaign officially kicks off beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016 with the organization’s annual breakfast.

The kickoff will be held in the ABC Supply corporate hangar of 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," United Way Blackhawk Region President and CEO Mary Fanning-Penny was quoted as saying in a news release. "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."

United Way leaders will reveal the Pacesetter campaign results and the financial goal for 2016, and they will unveil a new collaboration between the city of Beloit, city of Janesville, Rock County and United Way Blackhawk Region.

The tradition of showcasing volunteerism as part of the campaign kick off continues when United Way’s annual Day of Caring begins following the breakfast. More than 720 volunteers are expected to converge on nonprofit organizations throughout the Blackhawk Region to conduct a variety of one-day community service projects.

"Volunteers will roll up their sleeves to simultaneously complete 109 Day of Caring projects, the highest number to date," said 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 raised in the 2015 campaign helped to support 89,201 points of (duplicated) service provided by 80 program partners.

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