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United Way of East Central Iowa Surpasses $ 10-Million

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At a Community celebration Thursday night, United Way of East Central Iowa (UWECI) announced its annual fundraising campaign has surpassed the $10 million mark for the third year in a row, despite challenges presented by difficult economic conditions. Read the remainder of the Press Release.

 "Thanks to the continued generosity of local companies and donors United Way will continue to invest in community programs that empower people to become financially stable, help children and youth achieve their potential, and improve people's health," said Lois Buntz, United Way President & CEO.

 

During a reception attended by 200 volunteers and supporters at the Kirkwood Community College Center for Continuing Education, campaign leaders announced that the 2009 United Way of East Central Iowa campaign raised $10,330,000, which will help support its efforts in the areas of Education, Income and Health, and provide critical services to people in our communities. The contribution total was less than 1 % short of last year's record level of $10.416 million.

 

"It is quite an accomplishment considering everything that has happened during the past year and a half," said campaign co-chair, Beth Malicki. "From the beginning, we predicted that we would face a very challenging environment given the economy, continued flood recovery and uncertainty in the minds of many about what tomorrow would bring."

 

Campaign Co-Chair, Dennis Jordan said, "This year we faced a confluence of circumstances that, while making our work more challenging, made that work more important than ever."  Jordan thanked the many volunteers who helped make this year's United Way campaign a success. "As always, the unsung heroes are the men and women who conducted workplace campaigns at companies; in government offices; at local union halls; and in school districts and nonprofit agencies. They worked extra hours to get the job done."  Jordan added, "Our goal is always to generate as much financial support as we possibly can for our 40 partner agencies and programs we support, like United Way 2-1-1 and Born Learning."

 

 

2009 Campaign Highlights:

 

Rockwell Collins – Campaign passed $2 million for the fourth year in a row ($2,142,848)

 

AEGON USA – Campaign surpassed $1.5 million for the third time ($1,806,182)

 

General Mills – Campaign again passed the $500,000 level ($591,958)

 

Hall-Perrine Foundation – Campaign again passed the $500,000 level ($551,528)

 

John and Dyan Smith made a $100,000 Matching Grant to this year's campaign. This helped United Way collect over $100,000 in increased donations to its Sinclair Society.

 

Leadership Societies – Continue to grow and do great things in the community. Over 64% of individual contributions to United Way come from the over 4,500 members of leadership societies.

 

Pacesetter Companies: This year's Pacesetter companies were Rockwell Collins and GE Capital.

 

Business of the Year Awards: Business of the Year Awards were presented to Cargill and Cedar Memorial.

 

 

Here are just a few of the outcomes from United Way's work in the past year…

 

EDUCATION:

  • 7,761 hours of Crisis Childcare provided
  • 95% of parents of children born in Linn county received Born Learning materials to increase their skills
  • 9,417 youth participated in positive out-of-school time activities

INCOME:

  • Over 1,583,000 pounds of food distributed through dining sites and food pantries
  • Over $1,544,000 in Earned Income Tax Credits returned to low income clients of free tax preparation services

HEALTH:

  • 5,185 people received mental health services
  • 261 women received prescription assistance and 38 women received emergency dental care
 
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