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The United Way Blackhawk Region’s 2016 Community Campaign officially kicks off on Wednesday, Sept. 21 with the organization’s annual breakfast. To be held in the ABC Supply Co., inc corporate hangar of the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport, the continental buffet breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. and a short program will follow. 

Milly Babcock and Kim Hendricks, 2015 Champions of United Way’s community campaign will be on hand to pass the torch to the group of local leaders championing this year’s campaign.  

“The role of the Champions is to deliver an emphatic call to action for individuals and businesses to support United Way’s campaign and mission,” said United Way Blackhawk Region President and CEO Mary Fanning-Penny. “As well-known entrepreneurs, these local leaders will share touching personal stories of how United Way funded programs have impacted their families and made our community stronger.” 

Pacesetter campaign results and the financial goal for 2016 will be reported, and an exciting new collaboration between the City of Beloit, City of Janesville, Rock County and United Way Blackhawk Region will also be unveiled. 

The tradition of showcasing volunteerism as part of the campaign kick off continues, as United Way’s annual Day of Caring will again follow the breakfast. Slotted to be another record-breaking year, more than 720 volunteers will converge on nonprofits throughout the Blackhawk Region to conduct a variety of one-day community service projects. 

“Volunteers will roll up their sleeves to simultaneously complete 109 Day of Caring projects, the highest number to date,” stated Beth Gliebe, a volunteer who coordinates all projects and logistics for the day. “It never ceases to amaze me how our community shows up in force for Day of Caring. I’m so proud of the ways in which we pull together to demonstrate our support for United Way and dozens of deserving nonprofits.”

Financial and volunteer resources garnered through the campaign enable United Way to accomplish its mission of improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities. The $2.39 million dollars raised in the 2015 campaign helped to support 89,201 points of (duplicated) service provided by 80 Program Partners. 

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