The United Way of Clallam County kicks off its 63rd annual fund drive with multiple Day of Caring Projects in Sequim, Port Angeles and Forks.
Sequim’s Day of Caring project, led by Sequim Sunrise Rotary, will do a total yard and landscaping makeover for two Sequim area senior citizens of limited means and finances, on Saturday, Oct. 3.
One Day of Caring event already has taken place in Port Angeles with a clean-up/fix-up event at the Port Angeles Boys & Girls Club, led by the First Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
These are the first of several “Days of Caring” projects benefitting United Way partner agencies.
“These service projects clearly show the value of the service provided by volunteers as they make a real difference in the lives they serve,” Pat Downie, chair of the Day of Caring projects, said. “These projects are a win-win for everyone involved.”
The campaign runs from now through the end of November. Volunteers on the funds distribution committee will allocate campaign proceeds in March for the 2016-2017 year.
Corey Delikat, campaign coordinator from the United Way board of directors, notes that this is a transitional year for the local United Way.
“With Executive Director Jody Moss’ resignation, the board has taken on the challenge of managing the campaign while we also recruit and hire new staff,” Delikat said. “We’re returning to our 1952 roots as a volunteer-managed and run organization. Our goal is to recruit as many volunteers and donors as possible.”
Former United Way volunteers Norm Schaaf, vice president of Merrill Ring, and Paul McHugh of McHugh Realty, lead the campaign as this year’s co-chairs.
In addition to Schaaf and McHugh, the 2015 campaign cabinet consists of the following community and division chairs: Jo Johnston and Corey Delikat, Port Angeles; Tammy Rux, Sequim, Pam Hunter and Rick Bart, Forks; George Eastman, Clallam Bay/Sekiu/Neah Bay; Trisha Haggerty, Joyce; Iva Burks, Grant Munro and Brown M. Maloney, Leadership Giving; Mark Hannah, Corporate Giving; Leslie Robertson, Port Angeles Businesses, and the United Way Board of Directors, Employee Giving.
“The board has recruited proven leaders in our community to oversee the campaign,” Delikat said.