TROY — The annual United Way of Troy kicked off its annual fundraising season Thursday, keeping its focus on the agencies and the people in the community its serves throughout the year.
United Way of Troy’s co-chairman Earl Reives shared how each person knows someone who had needed or used the many programs and organizations the United of Way of Troy supports all year long.
“The reason I’m involved is because I believe in the mission of the United Way,” Reives said.
Reives gave his half-time “coach rallying cry” during the kickoff campaign celebration at the Hobart Corporation ITW Food Equipment Group on Ridge Avenue on Thursday morning.
“If we all take a minute, we all know somebody or have been touched by somebody that has benefited from the many agencies the United Way supports,” Reives said. “Every agency the United Way supports is a outreach to someone in need in the community. Because of that, we all should be in support of that mission.”
United Way of Troy Executive Director Richard Bender said the agency is setting its goal to raise $825,000 again this year.
Bender shared how the United Way came of short of its 2016 campaign goal of $825,000 so the agency used its reserves to help fund the United Way of Troy’s 29 member health and human service partner agencies. Funds were also distributed as community impact grants to area agencies that are impacting the community in one of three focus areas: education, health and financial stability.
The agency raised approximately $770,000 during its 2016 campaign. Bender shared how the United Way has been reaching out to new companies to join in the annual campaign.
Mayor Michael Beamish welcomed all the agencies to the campaign kickoff, cheering on the programs to keep serving the Troy community and making a difference in their consumers lives.
“All of us are gathered as one in unity and that’s all that matters,” said Mayor Beamish, who is a United Way board member. “Thank you all for what you do and I’m proud to be a part of the United Way … we serve a lot of different needs in our community that many don’t see, but you do.”
The United Way of Troy relies on donations to help fund the various programs across the nearly 30 partner agencies.
If you are interested in learning more about Troy’s United Way agencies or how to become a businesses partner or donor, contact Bender at (937) 335-8410.
To donate online or to sign-up for a payroll deduction, visit www.unitedwayoftroy.org.
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