"Living United on the Kenai!" United Way kicks-off new campaign

Along with the chill in the air and array of autumn colors on the Kenai Peninsula comes a new United Way campaign.  The campaign chairman once again this year is Soldotna's Mayor Peter Micciche, "Our theme is Living United on the Kenai," Micciche told the Soldotna Chamber at their annual campaign kick-off, "Last year was about recovery as we were coming out of a tough economy and this year we have set a modest goal of $600,000 dollars as we understand that people are still struggling, but we are asking the folks to make the philosophical decision to support United Way for the long term understanding that the services provided by United Way agencies serve all of us at one time or another," he said.

According to United Way executive director Tina Marie Herford this year's campaign is off to a great start with several matching grants already available which make small contributions worth twice as much, "It's not just the generous corporate gifts that we're after, it's the small gifts as well that really help get us to our goal.  If we look at the number of people living on the Peninsula a small gift from everyone even a dollar or five dollars adds up quickly to a large amount especially with the matching grants doubling the amount of every gift," she said.

"Last year the community came through in a great way exceeding our goal and providing critical funding to the many United Way agencies.  This year we're asking that you include United Way in your family's philosophy of annual giving.  Instead of consideration this pay period or for the quarter, we ask that you consider United Way as a lifelong investment.  My family has done this for decades because I realize that at some point in my life, my family including my wife and daughters may need one of the many services provided by the United Way agencies.  United Way helps these agencies raise funds so they can do what they do best providing community services," added Micciche.

Micciche says this years campaign cabinet has been expanded to allow for tailored presentation for your business or organization, "We are working hard to meet your presentation needs focusing on being available to each large organization more frequently and meeting with local and smaller groups of any size upon request and in return we will be counting on you to give generously as you have in the past and helping us all 'Live United on the Kenai."  For presentation requests contact Pam or Tina at the United Way office at 283-9500 or e-mail kpuw@ptialaska.net . To learn more about the United Way Member Agencies ask for a copy of the United Way campaign flyer.