2005 United Way Campaign Chair Tom Boedeker & Executive Director Tina Marie Herford announce campaign goal at Soldotna Chamber
The theme of the 2005 United Way Campaign “Neighbors helping Neighbors” is a phrase that describes the Kenai Peninsula community, says Tom Boedeker this year’s United Way campaign chairman. Boedeker along with members of the Campaign Cabinet recently rolled out the new theme and goal amount at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Riverside House in Soldotna. In an interview Boedeker confessed his concerns about taking on the lead job of Campaign Chairman, “It’s kind of scary, you want to help, but you get nervous that you might fall on your face in a campaign like this, but it’s an important need so I set aside my nervousness and decided to step forward and do what I can,” said Boedeker. The City Manager of Soldotna is no stranger to United Way, for years he has set on the Board of Directors of Hospice which is a United Way agency.
In setting the goal for this year’s campaign Boedeker said he was mindful of the huge relief effort for hurricane victims, “We know that it’s a tough environment, there is great demand for national contributions and a lot of local folks are giving, but we’ve kept the goal at $600,000, the same as last year. The reality is our needs don’t change here because of disasters elsewhere, in fact, it demonstrates the need to be prepared locally to help ourselves and underscores our theme this year of Neighbors helping Neighbors,” commented Boedeker.
Kenai Peninsula United Way has been serving the needs of the Kenai Peninsula community since 1985. According to the 2005 Campaign tabloid the funds generated from the fundraising campaign efforts are allocated to the 26 peninsula based non-profit member agencies that provide direct services to individuals requiring specialized assistance. Those include services to senior citizens, resources for families in need, emergency food or shelter, crisis intervention, and rehabilitative programs.
During the week of September 10-17th, over 100 area employees left their places of business and donated the day helping out member agencies where most needed during the annual United Way Day of Caring. The program that started in 1995 allows volunteers an opportunity to give back to their community with a day of labor doing building or repair projects, cleaning, planting, and in almost any way where there is a need. “The Day of Caring is a great opportunity for community members to see how their local United Way dollars are reinvested in the community and in the lives of their neighbors,” added Boedeker.
Boedeker emphasized that every donation is important and valuable no matter how large or small. For more information about the 2005 United Way Campaign or to schedule a presentation for your business or organization, call Executive Director Tina Marie Herford at 283-9500.
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