United Way Campaign Swings into High Gear with Strong Support from Community

In learning more about community needs, Disney cast members recently visited United Way and other local agencies as part of the company’s workplace campaign.

Determined to raise $17,750,000 to help Central Floridians in need, United Way Campaign Chair David Fuller, President of SunTrust Bank, Central Florida, has been generating tremendous support for the 2011-12 campaign.

Thanks to dynamic leadership from Fuller and 14 professionals serving on the Campaign Cabinet, early fundraising results are encouraging, according to Robert Haight, United Way Senior Vice President of Resource Development.

“The economy hasn’t turned around, but individuals and organizations seem to be aware of growing need and they’re doing everything possible to help,” he said.

Best Practices Equal Strong Results
Among the nearly 400 companies that are running campaigns, Disney, Publix, Lockheed Martin, UPS, SunTrust, Sprint, FedEx, Seminole County Public Schools and Progress Energy represent those who are experiencing the strongest results. Haight said it’s no coincidence that they’re also using best practices, including agency visits, client testimonials, leadership support and fun activities to engage employees and raise the bar even higher.

“When employees learn about community need and witness United Way’s efforts to alleviate it, there is a direct correlation to giving,” Haight said. “And with so many local residents still unable to pay for housing, utilities and other basic needs, generosity has never been more important.”

Keeping the Momentum Going
Last year’s campaign, which raised $17.4 million, provided critical funding for 108 local agency programs that served 345,825 Central Floridians in need.

Haight said there is still a long way to go in reaching this year’s goal, but he is confident that the community will continue to rally around the effort and help achieve another year of positive campaign growth.

“United Way has the staff, volunteers and resources to make it simple and easy to run a great campaign,” Haight said. “Right now, we all have to do whatever is necessary to help ensure our neighbors – and the community – recover and come through these difficult times.”

To learn more about running a workplace campaign, contact Robert Haight, United Way Senior Vice President of Resource Development, at (407) 835-0918 or e-mail Robert.Haight@hfuw.org. To make an immediate campaign donation, click here.


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