United Way to kick off 2016 campaign Sept. 21

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Shelly Birkelo
Thursday, September 15, 2016

JANESVILLE—United Way Blackhawk Region officially will launch its 2016 fundraising campaign next week.

The local nonprofit, which provides grants and resources to 80 human services programs at 39 nonprofit agencies, will announce its Pacesetter campaign results and this year's goal at a kickoff event Wednesday, Sept. 21.

Activities start with a 7:30 a.m. continental breakfast buffet in the ABC Supply hangar at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, 1130 Enterprise Drive, President and CEO Mary Fanning-Penny said in a news release.

A new collaboration between the cities of Janesville and Beloit, Rock County and the local United Way also will be unveiled, she said.

Kim Hendricks and Milly Babcock, last year's champions of United Way's community campaign, will relinquish their duties to a group of business leaders who will support this year's campaign.  

“The role of the champions is to deliver an emphatic call to action for individuals and businesses to support United Way's campaign and missions,” Fanning-Penny said.

“As well-known entrepreneurs, these local leaders will share touching, personal stories of how United Way-funded programs have impacted their families and made our community stronger,” she said.

United Way's annual Day of Caring will begin after breakfast. More than 700 volunteers will work on projects for nonprofit organizations throughout the Blackhawk Region in Rock County and northern Winnebago County, Illinois.

“Volunteers will roll up their sleeves to simultaneously complete 109 Day of Caring projects, the highest number to date,” said Beth Gliebe, who is coordinating the effort.

“It never ceases to amaze me how our community shows up in force for Day of Caring," she said. "I'm so proud of the ways in which we pull together to demonstrate our support for United Way and dozens of deserving nonprofits.”

Financial and volunteer resources raised during the campaign help United Way achieve its mission of improving lives by mobilizing communities, Fanning-Penny said.

“The $2.39 million dollars raised during the 2015 campaign helped support 89,201 services provided by 80 program partners,” she said.

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