MASON CITY, IOWA – United Way of North Central Iowa has reached a record-breaking campaign by raising more than $1,400,000 for north central Iowa. The 2012 campaign, led by Campaign Chair Gary Schmit, President of Henkel Construction of Mason City, officially ended January 31.
“We are overwhelmed at the level of participation in this year’s campaign by thousands of north central Iowans who gave their time, talent and treasure,” said Schmit. “On behalf of everyone at United Way, we are truly thankful for this support and the opportunity to invest these dollars back into our community to support education, income and health initiatives in our nine-county region.”
The record-breaking campaign finished at $1,405,659.62, exceeding the campaign goal of $1,150,000 and raising 21% more than last year. Previously, the highest campaign ever was in 2007 totaling, $1,390,728.88.
“Such abundant investment in the betterment of our communities and the lives of north central Iowans speaks volumes about the corporate and individual citizenship which prevails in this region,” said Emily Willett, United Way Resource Development Coordinator. “Our Backpack Buddies program resonated with north central Iowans, with over $108,000 being invested to the program in addition to hundreds of volunteer hours.”
This investment in Backpack Buddies ensures the program’s continuation and expansion to additional elementary schools. Backpack Buddies is now feeding 232 students each week across 9 elementary schools. Over 1,460 sacks of food were distributed from October – December 2012.
This year, United Way of North Central Iowa will celebrate its 90th anniversary. Since becoming an organization in 1923, United Way has invested over 34 million dollars into our communities.
“United Way thanks north central Iowa for the continued support over the years,” said Jennifer Kammeyer, United Way Chief Professional Officer. “We are proud of our past and looking forward to our future. The work United Way is doing to feed kids and provide transportation is benefiting the common good. United Way will continue its focus on results to make north central Iowa a better place to live.”