Walkers head effort
By DON ALLISON
Times Senior Editor
Kathy and Chris Walker volunteered to lead the charge this year, serving as United Way of Williams County 2013 campaign chairmen.
Now they’re asking county residents and businesses to close ranks behind them.
This year’s United Way campaign goal is $316,000. The money raised will help fund 26 local organizations and agencies in 2014.
The Walkers are familiar to many Williams County residents. Chris is an attorney with Richards and Walker Ltd., and Kathy is a teller with Huntington Bank.
Chris said his service with the United Way board over the last five years led to his decision to volunteer as 2013 campaign co-chairman.
“Being on the board has allowed me to see how United Way has helped people in the community,” he explained. “I wanted to continue with that in another capacity.”
Kathy shares her husband’s commitment to United Way. “It’s a great opportunity for me to be able to raise some money, and give back to the community,” she said.
“When people contribute to United Way,” Chris said, “they’re contributing to a number of organizations, that help with a variety of needs in the community.”
In addition to raising money, Chris said of the campaign, “It also raises awareness of the needs in the community.”
“There is no gift that is too small,” Kathy said. “We know that everyone’s budgets are a little bit tighter because of various things.”
“We remind people that there are basically three ways to give,” Chris said.
He noted a popular way to give is through payroll deduction, for workers whose employers offer that option.
Individuals also are encouraged to give, he said. Donation links for the local United Way are available online at www.unitedwaywc.org. Donations also may be sent to the United Way office at PO Box 525, 108 E. Butler St., Bryan, and the office may be reached by dialing 419-636-8603.
Leadership giving is the third way to donate, Chris said. Each year individuals who contribute $500 or more are recognized as part of the Leadership Circle. In 2012 leadership giving made up more than 40 percent of all campaign contributions.
There are three levels of Leadership giving, based on annual contributions:
- Platinum, $5,000 or more
- Diamond, $2,500 to $4,999
- Gold, $1,000 to $2,499
- Silver, $500 to $999
In September, United Way mailed a donation form to each county residence, allowing people to fill in the blanks and mail in their contribution.
Kathy noted another option for supporting United Way. “You don’t have to donate money, you can donate your time and volunteer,” she said.
Information on opportunities for volunteer service is available at the United Way of Williams County website.