United Way of the Big Bend launches community campaign: ‘Do Something About It’

By: United Way of the Big Bend Press Release
By: United Way of the Big Bend Press Release

Tallahassee, Florida - Sept. 2, 2010 – (Press Release)

“Do something about it” took on a new meaning at United Way of the Big Bend’s (UWBB) 68th Annual Community Campaign Kickoff at the Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center today as UWBB launched the 2010 fund-raising effort and announced the campaign goal.

More than 400 enthusiastic Big Bend volunteers, campaign coordinators, community leaders, donors, supporters, and local residents packed the arena floor at the Civic Center as the $6,700,000 goal was revealed.

“Do something about it is more than a campaign theme, it’s a call to action,” said Heather Mitchell, UWBB resource development vice-president. “Our community continues to experience great need. In the Big Bend, unemployment continues to climb, foreclosure rates are up, and the usage of food stamps has increased. If every person in this community took small steps to ‘Do Something About It’ to help someone in need, we could create a better quality of life for those who need us now more than ever.”

Speakers and participants included: Mark O’Bryant (2010 UWBB campaign chair), Jennifer Boutwell Patty (2009 UWBB Board chair), Jeanette Yeager (Incoming UWBB Board chair), Lauren Faison (Early Learning Coalition executive director), Virginia Glass (Campaign Leadership Team), Monesia Brown (Power of the Purse chair), Liz Compton (Florida State Employees’ Charitable Campaign representative), and Dan Simmons (Buckeye Florida).

“When you stop to think, we’ve been through recessions, hurricanes, oil spills, terrorism, election controversies, floods, and more ... and the organization that’s always there for our community is United Way,” said Ken Armstrong, UWBB president. “Our job is to constantly signal a call to action. ‘Do Something About It’ is this campaign’s way of reminding us that every person has an ability and a responsibility.”

Last year, the people of the Big Bend raised $6,529,707 for the community campaign. For more information on the 2010 campaign or how to help people in the Big Bend, call 414-0844.

The full press release is attached above.

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