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.