Nancy LeVault (left), executive director of Southwestern Illinois College-Sam Wolf Granite City Campus and chair of the Tri-Cities Area Division’s 2016 campaign, stands next to Katie Hubbard, the division’s auxiliary board chair.
GRANITE CITY — The Tri-Cities Area Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis has set a 2016 campaign goal of $525,000.
The annual fundraising campaign began with a Community United-themed kickoff event Sept. 9 and will end in early November.
The Tri-Cities division serves Granite City, Madison, Mitchell, Pontoon Beach and Venice, and helped more than 80,000 people last year. Twenty health and human service organizations are supported by the organization’s annual fundraising campaign.
“This year I had the opportunity to meet with some of the local United Way member agencies and see its tremendous impact,” said Nancy LeVault, executive director of Southwestern Illinois College-Sam Wolf Granite City Campus and chair of the United Way campaign. “I know this generous community will come together to help our neighbors live their best possible lives, which is why I am motivated each day to continue this work.”
United Way of Greater St. Louis announced its overall 2016 campaign goal is $75 million at the Sept. 8 St. Louis Cardinals game.
“We recognize the work that must be done, both short- and long-term, in order to help people move past the barriers preventing them from educational attainment, good health and economic stability,” said Orvin Kimbrough, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis. “Because of the generosity of thousands who support United Way, we can continue to help one in three people live their best possible lives and create a stronger, more thriving St. Louis region or all.”
With support through individual and corporate donations, United Way is able to invest more than $1 million each week in the community to create a foundation for a good quality of life through basic needs, education, financial stability, health and strong communities. Last year, about 150,000 people and 2,400 businesses donated to United Way to raise $74.3 million.
For information or to pledge a donation, contact United Way’s Tri-Cities Area Division at (618) 877-6780 or visit HelpingPeople.org.