Greater Mankato Area United Way kicks off 2016 campaign with goal near 2 million

Greater Mankato Area United Way kicked off its 2016 campaign on Wednesday outside the Intergovernmental Center with a goal of raising almost 2-million dollars.

“Greater Mankato United Way is the umbrella of over 32 agencies. And we support 51 programs. Unfortunately, the last two years, we have not made the campaign goal we’ve wanted to make. And that need has never been greater for us to make the goal to help our region and our agency partners stay strong. It’s going to be very difficult for us to reach this goal of one million, nine hundred and fifty thousand,” says Barb Kaus, United Way President.20150902 United way 1

Campaign Chair, Todd Snell says he is challenged by the 2016 goal.

“We’ve got about a two-million dollar campaign that we need to raise. The thing about Mankato is that it’s really grown. We keep getting all these great rankings. Yet, when I keep looking at all these nonprofits like United Way, they haven’t necessarily gone for that ride. One of my challenges this year was to see if I could add any value, and make sure we not only hit our goal this year, but maybe try to get some things in motion so that The United Way goes along with Mankato for years to come.”

The Keynote speakers for the event were Scott and Lisa Wojcik and their four sons, who have worked with several United Way partner agencies.

20150902 United Way 2“We’ve learned through our experience that it takes a village to raise our children. United Way is sort of a shiny example of one of the pillars of that community. We don’t have family in this area, so we’ve been really greatful for that strong village and all of these programs that United Way funded. And it really helped to support us as we choose to raise our family here,” says Lisa Wojcik.

“When Lisa and I were asked to speak at this event, we immediately agreed to it. We sat down and looked at the list of United Way partner agencies. And when reviewing that list and talking about all the agencies, we knew we had to take this opportunity to share with you some of the many ways our family of six have been impacted. In fact, eight of the partner agencies this year have an immediate impact on our family,” says Scott Wojcik.

The 2016 campaign theme is “Growing Up Strong.”

 

Edited for web by Anthony Reinhardt

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