Photo contributed: (Front row, left to right) 2012 Campaign Co-Chairs Jacqueline Worrick and June Keiser standing with (back row, left to right) Barb Bilger, president of the United Way Board of Directors, Cindy Baker, executive director and Shawn Ellis, United Way board member and executive director of B.A.B.E. of Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 2012 Campaign Co-Chairs Jacqueline Worrick and June Keiser will step up to the plate to face Whitley County of United Wayâ€™s challenges ahead in September.
â€śI am so glad to have these two women on board,â€ť said UWWCâ€™s director Cindy Baker.
Worrick and Keiser both accepted the request to be Campaign Co-Chairs, a volunteer position, in order to give back to their community. The announcement was made at UWWCâ€™s annual breakfast in June.
â€śWe just want to enhance the organization and be able to fund the member agencies,â€ť said Worrick.
Keiser said community contributions to the United Way are going to play a major role, as they both work on ways to reach out to people who can give their time or monetary donations.
â€śIt seems like itâ€™s easier if everybody gets involved,â€ť said Keiser. â€śThe United Way does a lot of good things in the community so weâ€™re just trying to get everybody on board.â€ť
As spokespersons for the UWWC, Worrick and Keiserâ€™s responsibilities will include the following: overall planning and implementation of the campaign, attend and provide leadership for all campaign-related activities and meet with the Chief Professional Officer (CPO) in January, work with staff to develop a case for giving that will be communicated throughout the campaign, recruit Lead Ambassadors according to the timeline, convene the Campaign Committee on a regular basis, along with the input from Lead Ambassadors, establish a campaign goal and meet periodically throughout the year with the Board of Directors.
Both women have high hopes for the UWWCâ€™s new director Cindy Baker as well as their own involvement in making the next year a successful year.
â€śWe are hoping to have a super, fantastic year,â€ť said Keiser. â€śThe biggest collection year ever.â€ť