Posted on March 26, 2014 11:19
Tom Spilde, 2013 campaign chairman for the United Way Blackhawk Region reported to more than 200 supporters on Wednesday March 26 that the organization projects its 2013 campaign total to be just over $2.7 million ($2,700,286) or 96.4 percent of the United Way’s 2013 campaign goal.
Spilde’s comments came during the United Way’s Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition breakfast at Janesville’s Pontiac Convention Center.
Spilde, who will serve again as chairman for the 2014 campaign, also told those at the breakfast meeting that five United Way workplace campaigns reported more than $100,000 in 2013 pledges earning the United Way’s top campaign recognition, the Cornerstone Award. These top five companies, ABC Supply Co., Beloit Health System, Fairbanks-Morse Engine, Mercy Health System and Regal combined to raise more than $620,000 or 23% of 2013 pledges.
Spilde reported that 41 companies received the United Way’s Gold Award, 30 achieved Silver Award recognition and 26 the Bronze Award level. There also were 38 workplace campaigns that had 100 percent participation by its employees.
Dan Piché, 2013 board chairman for the local United Way, reported at the meeting that the 2013 campaign was supported by more than 113,000 residents, with more than 280 companies hosting employee campaigns.
“Those who invest in the United Way help to strengthens families, help individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency and make it possible for children to reach their potential,” Piché said, adding that more than $1.8 million was invested back into the community in 2013 with the United Way providing funding to 94 program partners.
United Way Blackhawk Region volunteer David Swartzentruber, a member of the United Way’s Community Impact Council for 12 years (the past eight as chairman) was honored at the Annual Meeting and Volunteer Recognition breakfast with the organization’s top volunteer award, the Geraldine Hedberg-Alexis de Tocqueville Volunteer Award.
“It is rewarding to witness the dedicated volunteers on this council as they incorporate their expertise, experiences and passion to assist in the key decisions associated with the annual United Way allocation process,” said Swartzentruber, engineering manager at Durst Mastergear in Shopiere. “These volunteers assess the needs of the community through vital information provided by United Way’s Program Partners. The council is outcome driven and works to establish accountability and stewardship for the dollars invested in the United Way.”
Other awards presented included the Live United Award presented to a United Way corporate partner for its exceptional employee and community engagement, volunteering and impact in the community. The 2013 award was presented to Data Dimensions of Janesville.
Data Dimensions was recognized for the company’s efforts to engage its employees in the mission of the United Way year round. These efforts include an employee breakfast where the Data sales team serves as guest chefs, silent auctions, penny wars and Data’s 10-team kickball tournament, which raised more than $1,700 for the United Way in August 2013.
Five EdwardJones investment advisors in Rock County were presented with the United Way’s Rookie of the Year Award. These financial advisors are David Messling, Lonnie Klecker and Kelly McCarthy of Janesville; Pete Thomas of Milton and Stephen Thompson of Edgerton.
United Way Day of Caring Awards were presented to Kerry Ingredients and Flavours and the accounting firm Siepert & Co. for their employees’ volunteer participation in community projects in mid-September.
The annual meeting and volunteer recognition took on special significance for United Way Blackhawk Region President Steve Kinkade. Earlier this month, Kinkade announced his plans to retire after a 43-year career with the United Way, the past 15 in the Blackhawk Region.
“United Way makes change possible by amplifying the power of the individual,” Kinkade said. “Advancing the common good acknowledges the simple truth that we are all in this together and change only happens if we all Live United.”
Piché said a United Way search committee has begun the succession process for this key leadership role for the future of the United Way, but a date for Kinkade’s retirement and naming of a new president has not been determined. Kinkade will remain in the role of president until a new president is selected.
New United Way Board Chairman Lynn Gardinier reported at the annual meeting that the board has also recently completed a self assessment involving input from United Way staff, volunteers and program partners. Gardinier said this assessment will serve as a road map as the board works to develop a five-year strategic plan.
“This plan will help us better define our strategy to make better informed decisions regarding the allocation of United Way resources,” Gardinier said. “In order to determine the future direction of the United Way Blackhawk Region, it was necessary to first understand our current position to aid the development of our future course of action.”
The United Way Blackhawk Region provides funding for more than 100 health and human services programs in Rock County, Wis. and northern Winnebago County, Ill.