Daviess County donors pledged $1.5 million during United Way of the Ohio Valley’s 2018 campaign, the nonprofit announced Friday morning.
That money will support local agencies this year.
“It’s great to pause and celebrate what we have accomplished,” Fred May, United Way community engagement and donor relations volunteer, told the crowd that gathered for breakfast at Logsdon Community Center. “We did well, but we can always do better for our community.”
The event also recognized United Way’s many community partners — plant managers, CEOs and other administrators — who encouraged employees to donate and hosted campaigns at their businesses and nonprofits. For example, Meijer and MentorKids Kentucky received an award for increasing pledges by triple digits. Eleven companies earned Silver Awards for double-digit increases.
This year’s Campaign Chair Award went to Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, which increased giving by $7,600. The average employee gift at Boardwalk was $518. The company pledged a total of $112,300.
May pointed out that the company’s campaign team toured several United Way agencies. “That has a very high impact,” he said. “The agencies welcome those visits.”
In Daviess County, United Way supports many nonprofits, including The Arc of Owensboro. The Arc provides employment and skills training for more than 70 clients with developmental disabilities.
“The money we get from United Way helps us support individuals with disabilities who don’t get government funding,” said Sally Phillips, executive director of The Arc.
Between 8 and 10 percent of the Salvation Army’s total budget comes from the United Way, said Capt. Aaron Abram. United Way funds help support the Salvation Army’s character-building youth programs, Soar Summer Camp and social programs, such as the food pantry and utility assistance.
“Without United Way funding, we’d have to find that money other places, which is difficult to do,” Abram said. “Or we’d have to cut back on services we offer.”
At the Salvation Army, every employee made a pledge to United Way during the last campaign, he said.
“It’s the quickest and easiest way to make a difference across the entire community,” Abram said. “It has a maximum impact.”