County Comment: Washington County Fund Drive Summary

County Comment
Washington County Fund Drive Summary
by Norman Bassett
Washington County Public Information Offices

Note: This report was submitted by Angela Helfrick, Washington County Alternative Sanctions Office, to the Board of County Commissioners' meeting on January 19, 2006. Helfrick serves as coordinator of the joint United Way/Community Health Charities employee fund drive for Washington County.
Again this year Washington County employees participated in the United Way Campaign as a "Pace Setter." County Employees collected approximately $43,000 during the "Pace Setter" time frame.
The annual Day of Caring was held on October 11, 2005, with approximately 60 County Employees participating compared to the 50 who participated last year. The County employees represented one of the largest teams participating in the Day of Caring and assisted with projects at seven different locations including, W House, Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scout Office, Community Action Council, Interfaith Service Coalition, Horizon Goodwill and Alzheimer's Association.
The United Way agencies have all conveyed to me that they appreciated the assistance and services received on the Day of Caring. Also, I would personally like to thank the individuals who participated in this event for making this day a huge success for the Untied Way agencies.
A special thanks to John Pennessi, Deputy Director of the Buildings, Grounds and Parks Department for assessing the projects and coordinating the supplies needed for each project. With John's assistance, the Day of Caring was a huge success.
The goal for the combined United Way and Community Health Charities pledges this year was $62,000. Washington County Employees donated a combined total of $59,955.50 to both the Untied Way and Community Health Charities. A total of $57,043.50 to the United Way Agencies, this was an increase of approximately 10% from last year's figure of $49,657.00 and to Community Health Charities $2,912.00 a decrease from the $10,102.00 last year.
Overall, of the County's 670 full-time employees, 355 employees donated to either the United Way and/or the Community Health Charities representing 53% of the county employees donating.