United Way campaign update

| December 22, 2015

Campaign Crew!COSHOCTON – The United Way is more than half way to its $395,000 goal. They have met their goal for the last five years, but that may be harder this year with the close of West Rock, who had been their top giver the last 12 out of 13 years.

This year, Kraft Heinz has increased their giving to the United Way by almost $6,000. This increase will certainly help fill the needs of the 19 local agencies that the United Way supports. Every spring, the agencies submit a request based on their projected needs and the budget committee, consisting of five board members and three community members, weighs the requests carefully before deciding the allocation amounts given.

Other work place campaigns that have increased include: Coshocton City Schools – up $3,000, and Buckeye Fabric – up $1,200. Coshocton City Schools campaign crew helped to raise almost $13,000 and had 100% participation at the Elementary School.

Tia Cramblett, Kraft Heinz campaign coordinator, secured incentives from the management team to increase employee awareness of and participation in the campaign. “This is my first year as the coordinator at the Kraft Heinz Company,” said Cramblett. “I am honored to represent an organization like United Way that so strongly impacts our community each day.”

Annin Flag Makers campaign coordinators Dave Rogers and Bobbie Parks were recently challenged to kiss a piglet if enough money was raised by their fellow employees. To be sure, they did raise those funds! Their campaign total was more than last year with less employees, so the hard work and creativity paid off.

“It is clear to me that the success of every campaign has entirely to do with those champions in each workplace who come up with clever ideas and put in the time and effort to make the ask of their fellow employees,” said Executive Director Lyn Mizer. “They are my heroes and we are eternally grateful for them.”

The United Way of Coshocton not only supports 19 local agencies, but they also fund several community initiatives through grant dollars. Those include the Imagination Library that is currently sending free books monthly to over 900 Coshocton children, 2-1-1 – free phone number to call anytime to hear about the services and programs offered here, free tax prep program – call 295-7516 in January to set up your appointment, and the newest is Crunch Out Obesity where every 4th grade student in the county will be receiving a free exercise ball to use in their PE classes and eventually take home.

The United Way continually strives to address the most pressing needs through the agencies they support and the programs they fund. If you have any questions about any of the agencies or programs, call the United Way office at 740-622-4567.

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