Racine, WI (September 10, 2016) – A day of volunteerism began at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2016 with United Way of Racine County’s Annual Campaign Kickoff at the Racine Architect Hotel and Conference Center, 7111 Washington Avenue. More than 230 attendees enjoyed a light breakfast and remarks from speakers.
United Way board chair Chief Art Howell began the presentation by welcoming the audience and offering thanks for their support. Scott Hermann, lead financial consultant at Thrivent Financial, spoke about the same values that both organizations share as a reason why Thrivent sponsored this year’s event. Rodney Prunty, president of United Way, updated the audience on the progress of United Way’s focus on building an educated workforce and reviewed United Way’s impact goals for Racine County. He also explained the change this year in not announcing a campaign goal. Prunty stated, “Though fundraising is critically important, the success of United Way will be measured by the impact that United Way makes towards its impact goals in the community and not by how much money is raised.” The 2016 Campaign Chair Susan Boland stated, “After 21 years living in this community, the thing that continues to impress me about Racine County is that yes, we have great needs, but there is a true spirit of giving,” She continued, “That spirit of giving won’t get the momentum and won’t get done what we want to get done if it’s not created with some kind of alignment. That is what I have seen United Way do.”
Following the Kickoff, more than 260 volunteers dispersed to 20 nonprofits across Racine County to provide landscaping, cleaning, painting, reorganizing, and other support as part of United Way’s Day of Caring. On this single day, United Way brings together people and organizations from all across the county with the expertise, resources and passion to get things done. Some of the projects included:
New playground equipment installed at a Racine Unified School District elementary school.
Painting a Habitat for Humanity house in Racine.
Weeding and cleaning up at two community gardens for the Racine Urban Garden Network.
Landscaping at various locations throughout the county, including River Bend Nature Center and Island Park.
Stephanie Sklba from Gateway Technical College volunteered at Case High School and shared, “Being born and raised in the city of Racine, it’s great to see everyone come together to make the community a better place to be and a place where people want to come enjoy it.” Ted Swartz managed volunteers at the Habitat for Humanity home and shared the impact that the volunteers are making through the Day of Caring. He stated, “This house is a gift from the city and we have a timeline associated with it so it has to be done by December,” he continued, “in order for us to move forward with the project we have to get the walls painted first. After today, we should be 100 percent done and able to move forward and back on track with the project.”
A special thank you to Thrivent Financial for their sponsorship support of the 2016 Day of Caring. For more information, please visit www.unitedwayracine.org or call 262-898-2240.