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The county United Way was incorporated with the state of Washington on Nov. 12, 1952, said Nola Grier, operations manager.
So the theme of this year’s campaign — which will kick off with the Day of Caring on Sept. 8 — will be “60 Years and Growing.”
Volunteers will be asking those who haven’t given to United Way in the past to “give $60 or give $60 more,” Grier said.
$5 dollars a month
“Five dollars per month is $60 per year, so that is a good introductory level for people who aren’t already participating,” she said.
The goal of the 2011 campaign was $1,002,011. It raised $830,000.
Funds were distributed to 25 nonprofit agencies, United Way Community Initiatives — including the new “Great Beginnings” early learning initiative — and other nonprofit organizations as requested by donors.
Mary Ann Unger, recently retired vice principal of Port Angeles High School, is the 2012 campaign chairwoman.
“I hope that our very giving community members will join me in supporting a ‘super’ successful fund drive this year,” Unger said.
“When our community works together, we are so much more powerful than our efforts alone. And when we combine our charitable giving through United Way, we can make a huge difference in strengthening our communities.”
The Port Angeles Business campaigns will be led by Buck Gieseke of Integrity One Home Mortgage, Inc.
Julie Sell, disaster preparedness coordinator at Olympic Medical Center, is chairing the OMC campaign.
Patty Rosand, county auditor, and Iva Burks, Health and Human Services Department director, will lead the Clallam County employee effort.
Businessman Brown Maloney, who owns KONP radio, will chair the Olympic Club leadership giving portion of the campaign.
Nina Pitts, library supervisor at Peninsula College, is coordinating the Washington State Combined Fund drive.
Pat Soderlind, director of the Forks Food Bank, will champion the Forks campaign, while Dave Bingham, K-12 associate principal at Crescent School District, will lead the Joyce campaign and Patricia Hutson-English, Clallam Bay-Sekiu fire chief, will guide the Clallam Bay-Sekiu project.
Norm Schaaf of Merrill & Ring will chair the Corporate Gifts Committee.
The annual Day of Caring event is being led by Patrick Downie, Port Angeles city councilman.
New United Way staffer T. Scott Brandon, resource development manager, will aid volunteers.
For information about this year’s campaign or to get involved, contact Moss or Brandon at 360-457-3011.