This year’s Wiregrass United Way campaign is off to a rousing start. Volunteers involved with the campaign as well as agency representatives and coordinators from various area businesses were on hand for the annual Pacesetter Kickoff. This year’s event was held at the Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center in Dothan on Thursday, August 4th. A standing room only crowd helped the local organization start this year’s campaign with enthusiasm and momentum.
More than 100 area businesses and organizations are getting a jump start on the annual United Way campaign. Each year a number of area businesses agree to conduct their campaign for the Wiregrass United Way between early August and mid September. These businesses make up the Pacesetter campaign. It is not too late for other companies to register to be a Pacesetter.
This year’s campaign is focusing on the slogan, “Be the One.” The goal for this year is $2,811,111.11. This goal represents a 2.17% increase over the amount raise last year. If the organization reaches this goal the Wiregrass Foundation will contribute an additional $411,111.
It was a motivated crowd who heard from Cliff Mendheim, Wiregrass United Way Board of Trustees Chairman, and Mark Saliba, Campaign Chairman . They both stressed to those in attendance the importance of supporting the Wiregrass United Way and the 44 agencies.
During the kickoff event, attendees viewed the new campaign video produced locally by Marketing Services. This year’s video features Boys and Girls Clubs of the Wiregrass, SpectraCare Health Systems and the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank.
In addition, those in attendance stayed after the program concluded and packaged 20,000 food bags that will be distributed in the six county region by the Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank.
Pacesetters are vital to the success of the overall campaign. First of all, by having a Pacesetter campaign, it enables the Wiregrass United Way to stretch the campaign another month but to do so on the front end. The United Way’s goal is to complete all employee campaigns by the end of October to avoid raising money during the holidays. In addition, by having a Pacesetter campaign there is already a significant amount of money raised when the official campaign kickoff is held on September 20th.
Area businesses and organizations participating as Pacesetters this year are:
Barbour County: Eufaula City Schools, Eufaula Housing Authority, Five Star Credit Union, Wallace Community College – Sparks Campus, and Walmart Supercenter.
Coffee County: Brunson, Wilkerson & Bowden, CB&T, Christian Mission Centers, City of Enterprise, Coffee County Family Services Center, Coffee County Schools, Enterprise City Schools, Enterprise State Community College, Kelley Foods of Alabama, Medical Center Enterprise, Mitchell Hyundai, Mitchell Mazda Lincoln-Mercury, Mitchell Nissan, National Security Group, Publix, The Citizens Bank of Enterprise, Townsend Building Supply, Trinity Bank, Troy Cable and Walmart Supercenter.
Dale County: Army Aviation Center Federal Credit Union, Army Fleet Support and IAM Local 2003, Boys & Girls Club of Ozark, CB&T, City of Daleville, City of Ozark, Dale County Employees, Dale County Schools, Daleville City Schools, Frit Industries, Mary Hill Family Services Center, Ozark City Schools, Ozark-Dale County Public Library, Salvation Army, Vivian B. Adams School and Walmart.
Geneva County: Friend Bank, Geneva City Schools, Geneva County Schools, Reliable Products/JCI and Walmart.
Henry County: City of Abbeville, City of Headland, Henry County Employees, Henry County Schools, Herndon Oil Corporation, HNB First, Living Waters Counseling, Inc. and PeopleSouth Bank.
Houston County: Alfred Saliba Corporation, Alfred Saliba Family Services Center, Ameris Bank, Best Buy, Boy Scouts-Alabama-Florida Council, Boys & Girls Club of Hawk-Houston, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Wiregrass, Catholic Social Services, CB&T, City of Dothan, Coldwell Banker – Alfred Saliba Realty, Dothan Area Chamber of Commerce, Dothan-Houston County Substance Abuse Partnership, Dunbarton Corporation, Exchange Center for Child Abuse Prevention, Flowers Hospital, Flowers Insurance Agency, Girls Inc., Jackson Thornton & Co, P. C., Morgan Stanley, Personnel Resources, Plant Farley - Southern Nuclear, PRemployer, Publix-Cottonwood Corner, Publix-Northside Mall, Publix-Westway, Regions Bank, The Salvation Army of Dothan, Sam’s Club, Southeast Alabama Medical Center, Southeast Alabama Youth Services, Southeastern Sheet Metal, SpectraCare Health Systems, SunSouth Bank, Swedish Match Cigars, Synergy Health & Fitness, Target, Thompson Caterpillar, Toyota of Dothan, Trinity Bank, Vaughn-Blumberg Services, Wallace Community College, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Walmart Northside, Walmart Southside, Wiregras Angel House, Wiregrass Area United Way Food Bank, Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity, Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center, Wiregrass United Way 2-1-1 and Wiregrass United Way.
The Wiregrass United Way has served the Wiregrass area since 1938, currently funding 44 member agencies serving Barbour, Coffee, Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties. Funds raised by Wiregrass United Way are utilized locally in the five county area. A committee of local volunteers determines how the funds are distributed among the member agencies. For more information call 792-9661 or visit the website at www.wuw.org.