United Way Kicks-Off Annual Campaign

United Way of Johnson County will host their 2014 Campaign kick-off on Thursday, August 21, with a 7:15 a.m. breakfast, followed by a 7:30 a.m. program in Jonathan Byrd’s.

This year’s kick-off theme is: All the places we will go-because of you. The event will spotlight the volunteers who are working with United Way of Johnson County to achieve this year’s campaign goal. The United Way Kick-Off and 18th annual Day of Caring is sponsored by Caterpillar Remanufacturing, Community Health Network, Johnson Memorial Hospital, Century Link, Dunham Rubber and Belting, Duke Energy, NSK, Huntington Bank, Mutual Savings Bank, MainSource Bank, Mitsubishi Electro Spec, Johnson County Community Foundation, White River Rotary Club.

Volunteers involved with United Way of Johnson County’s 2014 campaign want to improve their community by raising money to help local residents. As the needs of our residents continue to grow, the campaign volunteers know it is their responsibility to raise the money to address the increasing needs of the Johnson County community.

Pacesetter companies, or those who begin fundraising before the official kick-off, will announce their campaign progress at the celebration to motivate additional companies to raise more money than previous years.

The 2014 company pacesetters are: Citizens Bank of Mooresville; Endress + Hauser; Macy’s; Mitsubishi Heavy Industry Climate Control, Inc.; Mutual Savings Bank; Special Services, Johnson County and Surrounding Schools; and Target. Also participating as Pacesetters are several United Way of Johnson County-funded agencies that will present their results as a group at the kick-off event. Those agencies are: Boys and Girls Club of Franklin; Boy Scouts; The Children’s Bureau; Gateway Services; Girls Incorporated of Franklin/ Johnson County; Johnson County Senior Services; Reach for Youth; The Social of Greenwood; Youth Connections; and United Way of Johnson County employees.

Immediately following breakfast, the 18th annual Day of Caring will begin around the community. Day of Caring is a United Way of Johnson County program that rewards social service agencies for their hard work in the community. Local companies allow employees to work at agencies/organizations/client homes for a day and accomplish chores that these groups don’t have time or resources to do for themselves. Volunteers will paint walls, plant flowers, clean offices and spend time with agency clients.

United Way of Johnson County is a local organization directed and operated by a volunteer board of directors who live or work in Johnson County. The mission of United Way of Johnson County is “to organize caring people to identify and meet human needs in our community.” The organization is responsible for evaluating the needs of the community, raising money and allocating those funds appropriately in order to meet the needs of Johnson County residents.

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