United Way of Effingham County held their annual kick-off luncheon Tuesday. Campaign Chair Cheryl Pruemer (seen speaking below) announced that a $300,000 fundraising goal has been set for the 2015 campaign. Attendees included members of businesses interested in conducting their own employee campaign.
Twenty two local partner agencies will receive funding from the 2015 - 2016 campaign. Those agencies are as follow: Big Brothers Big Sisters (Mid Illinois), Blessings in a Backpack, Boy Scouts - Lincoln Trails Council, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), Catholic Charities, CEFS Golden Circle Nutrition Program, CEFS Literacy Program, CEFS Retired Sr Volunteer Program (RSVP), Effingham Child Development Center, Effingham County FISH Human Services, Effingham County Search & Rescue, Effingham County Youth Commission, Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, Heartland Human Services, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Effingham County, One Hope United, Oneighty, SAFE (Sexual Assault and Family Emergencies), Senior Services of Effingham County, STAR (Strategic Training and Restoration), SWAN (Stopping Woman Abuse Now) and the Unit 40 Mentoring Program.
It was also announced Tuesday that this year’s “Lead Pacesetter” Company is Agracel. Agracel President Dean Bingham (seen speaking above) spoke on the company’s past successes at raising money for United Way. He spoke on a number of fundraisers, including food cook-offs, jeans days, and tournaments, highlighting the fact the a little bit of money at a time can really add up.
99% of funds raised by United Way stay in the community. Employee campaigns are a big part of making that possible, as that is the source of 85% of their donations.
To learn more about conducting an employee campaign, or if you would like to know more about United Way of Effingham County please call (217) 342-3824.