Those of you who have come alongside us for the United Way journey over the past 6 months or so know it’s been a very special type of journey so far. We started in September with a virtual kick-off event, really missing the opportunity to celebrate in person with many of you. But you’ve been faithfully patient and supportive every step of the way. You’ve been there as we’ve had to adapt each of our fundraising events throughout the year … from figuring out a virtual event platform, delivering workplace campaign presentations by Zoom, hosting an online basket raffle, moving in-person events from our usual venues to safer locations, and even figuring out our own version of online ordering, curbside pick-up and deliveries for our popular pancake and sausage day and Souper Bowl.
Our campaign season started in September at the Indiana fire station, with a virtual event that honored our county’s first responders - those that are our local heroes every day, and even more so during the COVID challenges we’ve had this past year. Doctors, nurses, volunteer firemen, police, and EMT joined us to help reveal our campaign goal of $555,555. Now, 6 months later, we are just about ready to wrap up this uniquely rewarding campaign season, something we would normally do by inviting community members to purchase tickets and join us at an annual breakfast celebration. And while that type of gathering won’t be possible right now, it gives us a new opportunity to invite all of you - our entire Indiana county community - to join us at a virtual community campaign celebration and share with us in recognizing the impact in Indiana County as we reflect on what our community’s generosity has enabled the United Way to do this year.
We thought it would be appropriate to wrap up this special year at a special location so we will be broadcasting the event live from the parking lot of Indiana High School, just one of the homes of our many Indiana County educational heroes. This gathering at the school is a way we could pay a humble tribute to all of our county’s educators and administrators who have heroically adapted the way they are able to teach our children during a global pandemic and we thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving the lives of our children in Indiana County.
Join us March 4, 2021 for a free, virtual celebration highlighting the 2020 campaign, reveal the amount raised, acknowledge our community leaders, present awards, and introduce next year's campaign chairs. Watch on Facebook Live or YouTube Live. You won't want to miss celebrating YOU and all your dedication to improving the lives of your neighbors in Indiana County!
We would like to give a special thanks to our Corporate Campaign Sponsors. Our campaign would not have been as memorable and successful without the dedication and unparalleled partnership that helps jumpstart and support our campaign!