United Way to kick off fundraising campaign with Day of Caring

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Shelly Birkelo
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

BELOIT—After United Way Blackhawk Region kicks off its 2013 fundraising campaign Wednesday morning at the Eclipse Center, more than 400 volunteers from 20 local businesses will drive to communities throughout Rock County and northern Winnebago County in Illinois to work on community service projects for 27 nonprofit organizations.

"It's doing something nice for someone, and that's what this program is all about," said 2013 Campaign Chairman Tom Spilde, Janesville, about the Day of Caring event.

Projects range from carpet cleaning to painting to yard work to fence building to helping at a wheel chair square dance.

Activities begin with a 7 a.m. breakfast buffet and continue with a 7:30 a.m. program that will include:

— An announcement of the 2013 campaign goal by Spilde.

Pledges of more than $2.74 million that pushed the campaign to 98 percent of the $2.8 million goal in 2012 will springboard United Way Blackhawk Region into successfully reaching this year's goal, he said.

— Results of this summer Pacesetter Campaigns.

More than 30 businesses and organizations in the Blackhawk Region jump-started this year's campaign by conducting early fundraising campaigns. How much money they raised will be announced Wednesday.

— A showing of the 2013 campaign video.

"Join the Dance" is the theme of the locally produced video that features the message "Together and through United Way, we can make a lasting difference in our community by advancing education, income and health," Spilde said.

United Way Blackhawk Region invests in 102 health and service programs offered by 50 local agencies providing services to 112,000 residents in Wisconsin and Illinois.

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