Sioux Empire United Way announced a goal of $10,057,891 at the 2018 Campaign Kickoff. More than 500 attendees learned of the goal during an event that also celebrated the launch of Sioux Empire United Way’s newest initiative, PATH (Providing Access to Healing).
Volunteer Campaign Chair, Bob Thimjon, noted the need for each dollar in this year’s goal, “Our community impact volunteers donated 1,500 hours of their time this past spring. They reviewed community needs, program services, and funding requests before determining the funds needed by 89 programs in 2018.”
During the event, attendees heard stories of youth mental health needs, which were read by six United Way volunteers. The stories illustrated examples of anxiety, depression, and grief as well as highlighted the details of the new PATH program.
“PATH removes the barriers that often exist in seeking mental health care,” noted Rebecca Kiesow-Knudsen, from Lutheran Social Services. “Licensed mental health counselors provide professional, private, one-on-one counseling in area schools.”
Sioux Empire United Way Board Chair, Tom Simmons, noted United Way’s strong history of supporting needs in the region. United Way’s total campaign achievement since organizing in 1929 is more than $220 million.
More than 800 volunteers will now go to work on the 2018 Campaign, reaching out to 700 local businesses and more than 26,000 givers. Campaign organizers hope to wrap up this year’s effort by the beginning of 2018.