United Way of the Black Hills hosts virtual Month of Caring Event to kick off annual campaign

Typically on The United Way Day of Caring, businesses and organizations head out into the community and help others, but this year United Way is celebrating the caring all month long.

The United Way’s Month of Caring virtual kick off had a definite party feel- complete with live music from Brandon Jones Band, speakers and giveaways.

United Way Virtual Kick Off

United Way Virtual Kick Off

The event was hosted by NewsCenter1’s Anna Whetham and Brant Beckman.

Brandon Jones Band

Brandon Jones Band

The kick off is intended to get everyone excited about what the United Way does in our communities and launching the fundraising efforts for the year.

Anna Whetham & Brant Beckman, United Way event hosts

Anna Whetham & Brant Beckman, United Way event hosts

This year’s goal is to raise $2,052,000. 100% of donations raised stay in the Black Hills. Last year donations to United Way helped tens of thousands of people.

Jamie Toennies, Executive Director of the United Way of the Black Hills says, “This is the type of work we do every day, learning what the needs are and putting our resources where we need to so we can all emerge stronger.”

United Way Kick Off Event

Toennies talked about the adaptions being made because of the pandemic and that people still want to help and make a difference.

The caring projects will be spread out all month, volunteers doing clean up projects, helping the elderly with yard work or simply spreading cheer with sidewalk chalk artistry.

Month of Caring Projects

Month of Caring Projects

Mark Schmidt with Monument Health says, “And we do it in a fashion where we come together, as most folks know, in the morning or afternoon.”  “It’s kind of the kick off if you will, it’s the rally call and it gets us all excited.”

United Way Kick Off Event

Donating time or money to United Way means giving to the people in need in our community.

Kay Anderson, Day of Caring Recipient, says,  “A lot of us can’t afford to get it done, a lot of us don’t have help, a lot of us have health issues that we can’t do, I mean, if I could do it, I would, but I’ve just enjoyed having United Way come and help me out and I’m happy to donate to them, what I can.”

Month of Caring Projects

Since United Way plays a key role in assisting services to many local organizations, getting to the heart of the problems is important.

Rosellen Reese, Month of Caring Coordinators, says, “United we fight, united we win – everybody have an awesome day. Have an awesome September and know that we appreciate you…  take care and we’ll see you again next year.”

Sidewalk chalk artistry

Sidewalk chalk artistry

Each year the United Way of the Black Hills raises over $2 million dollars for our local communities, that in turn supports nearly 50 local non profit organizations.

Click here for more information or to donate.

Those interested in donating may donate online, mail donation to United Way of the Black Hills at 621 6th St Ste 100, Rapid City, SD, 57701; call the office at 605-343-5872; or text “UWBH” to 40403 and follow the prompts.

 

Categories: Local News, United Way Month of Caring

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