WE ALL WIN WHEN WE LIVE UNITED
EDUCATION (helping children achieve academic greatness), INCOME (promoting financial stability), and HEALTH (helping families live healthy lives)…these are the goals of the United Way of Cascade County (UWCC). United Way says that when “a child succeeds in school, when a neighborhood improves, when families have good health and workers have solid jobs, we all win!” They believe in the 3 Ours just like we do: Our Kids, Our Community, Our Future!
GFPS is fortunate to count UWCC as a partner in providing for the needs of our students. In August, they stuffed the bus to provide school supplies for our students. We all win when kids are prepared for school. In September, United Way sponsored a variety of Attendance Awareness Month activities. We all win when kids come to school. In October, United Way/Graduation Matters sponsored an 8th grade career fair with lots of community participation. We all win when kids are thinking positively about the future. GFPS can’t do it alone. United Way can’t do it alone. But we CAN do it together!
Last year, UWCC allocated $463K to deserving local agencies. Most of that money went to agencies that in one way or another touch the lives of children. Agencies like: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, Family Connections, Foster Grandparents, Kairos Youth Services, Young Parents Education Center, NeighborWorks, Opportunities, Inc., Alliance for Youth, Eagle Mount, Action for Healthy Kids, Children’s Receiving Home, Juvenile Drug Court, Voice of Hope Crisis Line…to just name a few. Where does UWCC get the money to give? From generous donors like you and me.
Here is some data on past GFPS generosity:
$ Donated By % of GFPS Employees
Campaign Year GFPS Employees Donating Any Amount
2015 $51,353 40%
2014 $45,764 36%
2013 $48,173 39%
2012 $44,073 34%
2011 $48,081 32%
2010 $45,973 34%
2009 $43,729 35%
2008 $40,534 35%
2007 $40,774 35%
As you can see, GFPS employees are a giving bunch! This year, I’m asking you to give once again. The needs are greater than ever. Our goal this year is $55,000. We can do it if 50% of our employees make a donation. Each site has a coordinator who can answer any questions you might have. I thank them for their service and I ask you to reward them with a contribution. If you have donated in the past either through on-going payroll deduction or a one-time donation, thank you. I hope you will continue to do so and maybe consider a little bump in the amount. If you haven’t given in the past, I ask that you take a moment to read the information provided and to consider a donation, no matter how small. Every contribution will help us make our goal! We all win when we live united!
Take care. Be safe. Stay well.