United Way of Wayne County launches 2020 Campaign Kick-off

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The United Way of Wayne County digitally hosted its 2020 Campaign Kick-off event Tuesday.

For 95 years, UWWC has been helping the local community overcome obstacles and adversities, and making it a better place for us all to live.

Through the campaign, UWWC is able to fund programs through community partners that assist with education, food insecurities, housing and utility assistance, emergency assistance and so much more for the citizens of Wayne County. 

Without the support of investors, UWWC couldn’t do the work it does today.

"I am blown away by the generosity of our community members and their willingness to help their neighbor,” said Ashlee Fritz, resource development director of UWWC.

Each year, the event runs from August to December, and is always started with either a “Front Runner” or “Pace Setters” campaign. These are completed before the traditional Campaign Kick-off in August and sets the pace for the rest of the investors throughout the season.

According to Fritz, UWWC had 17 Front Runners and they set the bar high, posting 32 percent of the organization’s $900,000 goal. So far, a total of $276,315.20 has been raised and that money will impact 5,526 lives across Wayne County.

UWWC hopes to improve 18,000 lives when the campaign concludes.

“Poverty is not a prerequisite to be a recipient for any of our programs,” said Bethany Perry, UWWC 2020 Campaign Chair.

“Things you could never foresee happen all the time and we're grateful to be there when those things come up.”

All monies remain in Wayne County.

“Even in the midst of the extreme challenges of COVID, we see the generosity of our community,” said Sherry Archibald, executive director of UWWC.

“Thank you to the Front Runners that are setting the pace for a strong campaign and to our Campaign Chair Bethany Perry for setting a pace that is exciting to keep up with.”

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