United Way unites Omaha to reach record fundraising goal
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Updated: Sunday, December 8, 2013 14:12
Last week, while University of Nebraska at Omaha students were kicking off fall semester classes, the United Way of the Midlands was beginning their record fundraising campaign. Serving as the community’s largest annual health and human service drive, United Way of the Midlands is setting their sights on a goal higher than ever--$24 million.
It is “an aggressive goal, but the right one,” co-chairs of the campaign confidently stated at the kick off. United Way plans to raise $24 million by November. The money they raise will help play a part in current human service response and in long-term solutions that will make an invaluable impact on many critical causes of poverty in the Omaha,Bellevue and Council Bluffs metro area.
United Way has always been a powerful advocate for our community’s strength and well-being. Their new fundraising goal will help the surrounding community reach even more of their potential.
“It is essential for all of us to play a part in making sure we have strong, healthy communities,” said Kirk Kellner, the regional president of Wells Fargo Bank.
United Way has already helped the community benefit in thousands of ways and their new fundraising goal will only help even more. CEOs from the area turned up at the kick off event to help encourage companies and citizens to participate in the fundraising. These 25 CEOs included companies like Century Link, ConAgra Foods, Omaha World-Herald Company, UNMC, and U.S. Bank.
United Way is hoping to unite the community even more with their $24 million goal.
“It’s evident in the name ‘United Way’ where donors and volunteers join with companies, foundations, civic and nonprofit groups to provide services to those in need – and solutions to very difficult human challenges. It’s one of the things that make United Way and our community so strong,” said Karen Bricklemyer, United Way president and CEO.
As United Way begins its venture of raising $24 million over the next nine weeks, more than 1,000 companies and organizations, 70,000 individuals, and 6,000 local residents will contribute their time and money to help United Way reach their phenomenal goal.
The goal is more than just goal for raising funds--it is a goal to raise the potential of the entire community. Individuals who would like to find out more information or make a donation can visit their website at www.unitedwaymidlands.org. Since the $24 million will benefit the entire community, the community should strive to get involved in this fundraising as well.