BOTKINS — The Shelby County United Way has created the volunteer role, County Ambassador.
“We believe the County Ambassador role will assist us in sharing the impact of the United Way county-wide, and in doing so, grow corporate participation,” Scott Barr, executive director said. “This is an important strategic effort needed to ensure the annual campaign achieves goal which will allow the United Way Board of Directors the ability to evaluate future programming.”
The 2016 Botkins Campaign Ambassadors are Ryan Piche, Village of Botkins and Adam Koenig, Koenig Equipment.
“In my experience, no other non-government organization in the County does more to support this community than the Shelby County United Way. The organization’s broad mission and surgical financial efficiency allow it to serve a wide variety of Shelby County residents while still making the most of every dollar,” Piche said.
“Learning more about the United Way as a new board member, I’ve been impressed with the breadth and depth of their reach in all communities in Shelby County. If you want to be sure your gifts have an impact locally, give to the United Way,” Koenig said.
During the months of May, June, and July, the Campaign Ambassadors will be sharing with company leaders the impact of United Way programming and explaining ways they can support the Annual Campaign during the fall. Most pledged dollars to the Annual Campaign (over 60 percent) come from employee’s participating in a payroll workplace campaign. Last year, 30 percent of the campaign came from corporate gifts.
Shelby County United Way funds 27 non-profit programs positively impacting the community in the following impact areas: Enriching the Lives of Seniors, Promoting Health and Well Being, Investing in Youth and Children, Strengthening Families and Individuals, Caring for People in Crisis, and three community wide initiatives. Agency programs are evaluated annually by community volunteers and United Way Board of Directors for program effectiveness and efficiency. Using tools like the Community Wide Needs Assessment, the Shelby County United Way prioritizes and allocates funding toward critical community initiatives. Shelby County United Way has earned the highest rating, four stars, for the third year in a row from Charity Navigator.
For more information on the Shelby County United Way., visit thier website www.shelbycounitedway.org or call 492-2101.