United Way kicks off its 2010 campaign
by James Phillips
Sep 15, 2010 | 1261 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Representatives from businesses across Walker County attended the area’s United Way kickoff luncheon Tuesday at the Community Health Systems Activities Center in downtown Jasper.

Anne McNutt, president of Bevill State Community College and chairperson for the United Way’s Walker County campaign, announced its goal is to raise $950,000. That number matches the amount raised in Walker County in 2009.

“It is an honor and priviledge to serve as the 2010 chairman,” McNutt said. “The United Way is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Through my short time as chairman, I have already met many fantastic people and made some great friendships.”

McNutt said the United Way of Central Alabama has met its fundraising goal for 75 consecutive years.

“The United Way has a large impact on Walker County, and that is the reason people have given in the past and will continue to give.”

The United Way serves almost 20,000 Walker County residents each year and helps fund six programs within the county, including Arc of Walker County, Salvation Army of Walker County, Walker County Needy School Children Fund, Boys Scouts, and Beacon House. The group also supports many other programs outside the county that serve Walker County residents.

The luncheon’s keynote speaker was Mike Warren, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Health System of Alabama and Children’s Hospital.

Warren, who has been in his current position since 2007, said funds given to Children’s Hospital by the United Way go to the hospital’s emergency department. He said the ER sees around six children per hour.

“I get a report every morning. 147 children were seen in the emergency department last night and that is about average,” he said.

Warren said Children’s Hospital serves hundreds of children from Walker County each year.

“Children’s Hospital hopes that you and your family don’t need us, but if you do, we want you to know that we are there,” he said.

As a way to support Children’s Hospital and other needed programs in central Alabama, Warren urged citizens to give to the United Way.

“We need to live united and United Way can again answer the call for the communities that we live in during these tough times,” Warren said.