The United Way of Van Wert County recently revealed their final campaign total of $514,845. Given the circumstances of the year, we here at the United Way are feeling very thankful and blessed. Under the leadership of Kim Bruns, Campaign Chairman and the many volunteer board members we were able to make a difference for 34 United Way agencies this year.
Kim Bruns, United Way of Van Wert County 2020-21 Campaign Chair shared, “It was an honor and privilege to be the 2021 Campaign Chair. The Covid-19 pandemic made us change the way we normally do a regular campaign, so I was not sure how it was all going to work out. The Van Wert Community always amazes me with their willingness to step up and make a difference and take care of our community needs. I want to thank this amazing community, that I call home, for helping us reach and surpass our goal during the year of the pandemic”!
The recent “Fiesta Fun Friday” reverse raffle event, which was held at the Wassenberg Art Center on May 7th, was a great success and was able to bring in a little over $14,000 to help surpass the goal of $500,000. Trevor Webster owned the night winning the 50/50 raffle and the $1000 grand prize raffle, but more importantly he donated almost all of it back to the United Way!
Vicki Smith, United Way of Van Wert County Executive Director shared, “The ability to reach the goal set, has been a great accomplishment given the year that was full of changes. We had to look at everything from a different point of view. Regardless of the pandemic, we were able to have record setting fundraising at almost all of our events! It has been a privilege to work with such an amazing board, caring community and great individuals that give unconditionally”.
For more information on giving to the United Way or to volunteer, please contact the United Way of Van Wert County at 419-238-6689 or email at email@example.com. You can also visit us at the office at 136 E. Main Street, Van Wert. Check us out on Facebook and watch for our new campaign video for 2021-22 coming soon.
Thank you for your support, together we are #ALWAYSUNITED!