On Thursday, October 13, we kicked off our annual United Way campaign with two events.
Lunches for the Homeless
This is the second year we have made lunches for the local homeless shelter, Lazarus House.
Staff members contributed various lunch ingredients like bread, cheese and lunch meat. On Thursday morning, several people teamed up to build forty lunches that were delivered to the shelter later that morning. Each lunch included a sandwich, a piece of fruit, some chips, a beverage and a cookie. We'll do another lunch-building project in November, also for Lazarus House.
We held a kickoff event on Thursday afternoon, complete with fall-themed refreshments like caramel apples and homestyle hot chocolate. As in past years, we invited guest speakers to talk about the ways United Way funding helps our community. Our first speaker this year was Traci Eggleston from Elderday Center, a local senior day center. Traci talked about how United Way enables Elderday to provide daily activities and socialization for seniors in our area. Paula Yensen, Executive Director of our local United Way, was the second speaker. Among other things, Paula told us about how our contributions have enabled them to meet her organization's commitments to agencies like Elderday Center.
A kickoff event like this one marks the beginning of our fundraising efforts every year. In addition to encouraging employees to make their own contribution through payroll deduction, we hold raffles and contests for prizes like a free day off or VIP parking for a month. Later this month we'll have a jeans-day fundraiser and a crock-pot cook off.
If you'd like to see more photos of the first day of our 2011 United Way campaign, click here to visit our flickr photostream.