ROCHESTER, Minn. – United Way’s annual workplace campaign to create lasting community change began Thursday with kickoff attendees found throughout the community to celebrate.
“As a community, we are making progress because of our amazing donors, volunteers and advocates,” said Elaine Garry, campaign chair and president of People’s Energy Cooperative. “There is more to do, and your community needs your support to create a better, thriving community for all.”
Last year United Way helped over 37,000 people in Olmsted County by focusing its work on those in need to create quality education, good health and strong financial stability.
“By providing people the tools to succeed, we can do more than help one person overcome the odds,” United Way President Jerome Ferson said. “When we LIVE UNITED, we change the odds for thousands of children, adults, families, and ultimately, our communities.”
Each year, the community unites for the annual campaign to raise millions of dollars. Campaign season runs from Thursday through the end of the year. This year’s workplace campaign goal is to raise $4 million to help people in need reach their potential, an increase of $250,000 from last year.