Officials set $1.26M goal for Walker County

By James Phillips, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 9/16/16

Local leaders will be trying to raise $1.26 million in the coming months for the United Way of Central Alabama’s 2016 fundraising campaign.

The announcement was made Thursday at a kickoff luncheon held at the Jasper …

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Officials set $1.26M goal for Walker County

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Local leaders will be trying to raise $1.26 million in the coming months for the United Way of Central Alabama’s 2016 fundraising campaign.

The announcement was made Thursday at a kickoff luncheon held at the Jasper Civic Center. The theme for the current campaign is “Together There Will Always Be a Way.”

Local campaign co-chairperson Andy Byars said Walker County’s goal is attainable identifying area residents who do not currently give to United Way.

“That is an aggressive goal, but we want to ask y’all to help support that,” Byars said. “If a business has not seen anybody from United Way, please let us know and we will definitely go see them.”

Byars’ fellow co-chair Brian Alexander said his experience with the 2016 campaign has been “eye-opening.”

“This has been a great experience being a part of this campaign this year. I knew about United Way, but I didn’t know. It is wonderful, the outreach and how far it reaches and all the different things that come through United Way. Please do your part this year, and encourage other people to do their part. We are definitely going to do ours as well.” Alexander said.

First Bank of Jasper was identified as participating in the pacesetter campaign this year, which provides the over United Way campaign with a jumpstart.

Connie Hill, the guest speaker at the luncheon, said she is proud to be a part of the United Way family as the president and chief executive officer of Girls Inc. of Central Alabama.

“At Girls Inc., we work to inspire all girls to be strong, smart and bold,” Hill said. “We encourage girls to get dirty, to ask questions, to ask really big dreams, but beyond that, we support them while they do it.”

Nearly 60 girls attended the Girls Inc. summer program in Walker County this year. Hill said United Way funding has helped the organization provide more programs for area girls.

“We are so proud of the sense of community that we create for these girls every summer,” Hill said.

United Way allocation agencies serve an estimated 24,000 Walker County residents through 14 United Way funded agencies inside the county and 25 other agencies that operate outside the county’s borders.

United Way agencies with local programs in Walker County include American Red Cross, The Arc of Walker County, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham, Boy Scouts of America-Black Warrior Council, Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Alabama, Central Alabama Children’s Fund-Walker County, Beacon House, Daybreak, Disability Rights and Resources, Girls Scouts of North Central Alabama, Girls Inc. of Central Alabama, The Literacy Council, Positive Maturity and the Salvation Army of Walker County.

“I’m here today to thank you for your support, thank you for recognizing what unites us and for all of the hard work that you will do for all the girls of Girls Inc., United Way and all of the people of Walker County,” Hill said.