The Sedalia Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, along city and county officials, and campaign supporters, welcomed the Sedalia-Pettis County United Way to the third floor of the US Bank building, 3615 West Broadway, (Suite 307) on Tuesday morning. Linda Kirk, United Way executive director, and Angie Thompson, executive director for the Chamber, are shown with the giant red scissors.
The United Way relocated its office from the downtown Sedalia area Oct. 28, and the Chamber sponsored a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrate the event on Dec. 31.
Kirk told the News-Journal the 2013-2014 campaign is about $40,000 shy of the goal, but expects more to come in soon. “Normally, our deadline would be the end of the year, but last year we ended up keeping the campaign open until mid-January, and we’ll do the same thing this year,” she said.
“The reason why we haven’t closed it out is, there are some entities we won’t know that dollar figure until later on, like the federal combined campaign for federal employees and the Missouri state employee campaign, we won’t know those figures until mid- to late January,” Kirk noted. “With that coming in, that’s going to decrease our shortage.”
The 2012-13 campaign raised $538,000, a bit short of its $575,000 goal. This year’s “Be the One” goal, which began in late August, was $540,000.
Sedalia-Pettis County United Way Campaign Chairman Paul Dick, who also serves as plant manager at Gardner-Denver, likes the convenience for visitors at the new facility.
The generosity of US Bank made the move possible, he noted.
“The bank actually let us come in here for free, so that actually helps lower our overhead, it allows us to give more back to the agencies and helps us be a more efficient organization,” Dick told the News-Journal after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Dick’s tenure as campaign chair will expire in February, at which time a new campaign chairman will be named. “Obviously we wanted to meet our goal, and we’re right at a half million, but we ran a successful campaign, the community really responded, and unfortunately a couple of the major industries were down a little bit and that impacted us. Industry makes up about 70 percent of our total goal very year,” Dick explained.
“But it was a great campaign, we had lots of people who gave more than last year, which is a good thing, and a few new companies come on board,” he said, “so we’re excited to about next year and ready to do it all over again, especially with our new location here.”
For more information, call Kirk at 826-2980 or email email@example.com. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.