As a United Way Board Member, I am constantly amazed at the generosity of our community. And at Fort HealthCare, where our mission of “Improve the health and well-being of our communities” is truly our culture, the generosity and engagement of our employees is truly a gift. Our campaign energy is amazing!
Team members have donated over 50 silent auction items—everything from a day on the golf course outing, to “cut your own Christmas trees,” to pet care and other themed baskets – and of course, lots of chocolate! There have been multiple “jeans days” scheduled, which permit team members to don a Packers Jersey and jeans for a small monetary donation to the United Way.
Employees have engaged in various fundraising events — all with proceeds going to the United Way campaign. New to this year’s activities are our friendly competition of Penny Wars, a Family Movie Night, and bids for a Packers football donated by the Green Bay Packers GIVEBACK program. All of these efforts have been creative and fun team-building ways that our workforce has come together to raise funds supporting the United Way.
My roots with the United Way go way back. Growing up, I witnessed my parents leading by example, supporting the initiative. In my early twenties (just a few short years ago!) I witnessed the generosity of the United Way first hand, when a close friend received much needed assistance through the organization. I have never forgotten the kindness and charity of that United Way Ambassador, or the United Way itself.
As my way of giving back, I have served as Campaign Chair frequently throughout my career, which gives more back to me than I could ever provide to a campaign! There are times when we are able to contribute, and other times when we are the recipients, who may someday wish to contribute. The United Way is there for all of us.
Our special thanks is extended to our Executive Director, Megan Hartwick, for attending our Leadership meeting to help kick-off this year’s campaign. Megan shared the United Way video and special stories showing the impact of Ride United and other United Way solutions that remind us of how the campaign so generously supports our community members.
I am truly proud to serve as a Board Member for the United Way of Jefferson and North Walworth Counties, where we truly follow the LIVE UNITED theme. Thanks to the United Way for its 75 years of support!
Senior Director of Human Resources, Fort Healthcare