Employees from Glacial Ridge Health System (GRHS) presented a check for $14,647 to the local United Way toward their annual LIVE UNITED fundraising drive. This year’s donations far surpassed the goals set by GRHS’ United Way Committee. Their 2019 goal was to raise $9,500 with a stretch goal of $10,000. In celebration of achieving their stretch goal, GRHS will have a pizza party for all employees. The committee posts a thermometer in the Café to keep everyone informed and excited about the difference they were making as they watch it rise.
Contributing to the success of the fundraising drive is the ease in which to donate. Employees may choose to donate by writing a one-time check, set up payroll deductions, or use a PTO cash-out option. More than half of the United Way donations come through the PTO donation option. It gives many employees the ability to donate more than they could otherwise.
The direct and long-lasting impact in our community of the United Way programs inspired generosity. In fact, 99 cents of every dollar raised in Pope County for the United Way stays in Pope County. Since the annual campaign first began at GRHS in 2011, employees have donated $85,010 to the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties.
About the United Way
United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on education, income, and health. These are the building blocks for a good life – a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. The needs are year-round and so are the giving opportunities. Some of the programs include the Mobile Food Drop, Traveling Treehouse, Backpack Attack, Coat Distribution, Stuff the Bus, Adopt a Family for Christmas, and many more. Visit the United Way of Douglas and Pope Counties online at www.uwdp.org or call 320-834-7800 to learn more.