Anita Scott Jones is Hospital Relations Manager/Community Outreach Manager, Atrium Medical Center, and 2016 Campaign Chair of United Way of Greater Cincinnati – Middletown Area. The following letter to the editor recently appeared in the Middletown Journal-News.
Walking into a local donut shop and hearing a big thank-you from behind the counter recently took a campaign volunteer by surprise. Then she realized she was wearing a shirt with a United Way logo, having just come from the kickoff of our United Way of Greater Cincinnati-Middletown Area (UWGC-MA) 2016 campaign.
It turned out the woman behind the counter is a volunteer with a food pantry served by Shared Harvest Foodbank, a United Way agency partner. She mentioned how grateful she is for the help the agency is able to provide local residents in need, thanks to United Way.
And it’s local companies, organizations, schools, and individuals making it possible for United Way of Greater Cincinnati to support our efforts to achieve the Bold Goals for Our Region and fight for the education, financial stability and health of every person in our community.
Support can be monetary. The top two companies in the UWGC-MA 2015 campaign were AK Steel, which committed $1,010,000 and was the ninth-largest campaign donor to the overall UWGC campaign. MillerCoors is also a great supporter, raising $162,185 last year.
Support can also come from volunteer efforts. In 2014, AK Steel CEO James L. Wainscott chaired the overall UWGC campaign, which raised $61 million to support programs and initiatives, including those serving Middletown, Madison, Monroe, and Trenton.
"AK Steel and our employees are proud to support United Way of Greater Cincinnati and their many partner agencies to focus on making lasting change in the areas of education, income and health. Together, we are able to help our neighbors and work to build a strong community today and in the future," said Roger K. Newport, AK Steel Chief Executive Officer. Support from AK Steel is also received directly from its employees who volunteer to serve on a variety of committees to help advocate the work of United Way and its partner agencies.
On October 17, MillerCoors Trenton Brewery held its fourth annual large-scale employee volunteer event at Sharonville Convention Center as part of its United Way campaign kickoff. Up to 400 MillerCoors employee volunteers created 4,000 healthy snack packs for Shared Harvest Foodbank and made fleece blankets for Hope House Rescue Mission (also a United Way agency partner), area VA medical centers, and a senior living facility.
"The donation of fleece blankets from MillerCoors means that men, women, and children will stay warm all winter long," said Carla Messer, Hope House board president. "MillerCoors models what it means to be a good neighbor and help those in need. The donated blankets are just one more example of MillerCoors Living United with Hope House."
To get involved, visit www.uwgc.org or call 513-705-1161.