Good Sunday morning, everyone! I wanted to give an update on our 2019/2020 United Way Campaign. Thank you everyone who have already donated or pledged. We have been busy, and we are so grateful for that.

I would like to thank some of the increased donations that have come in from our workplace campaigns. So far those businesses that have increased employee pledges are: Automation International, Cannon Cochran Management Services, Inc. (CCMSI); District 118 Southwest Elementary School; Envirox, LLC; Fiberteq; Iroquois Federal; OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center; and Towne Machine & Tool Company. But we have so many yet to come. This is just the beginning.

Also, our Residential Mail Division pledges are up by more than $1,300 and the Leadership Division is up by $2,000.

This is the last week to get in on the Incentive Program, with the car giveaway, before the first drawing. All pledges need to be in by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, to make this drawing.

We will draw live on the D102 Morning Show with Tommy B at 8 a.m. Monday, Dec. 2. We will draw two names of our six finalists. You, of course, have until February to get into the final drawing.

Our goal has been 34 percent met so far this year, which is above last year by 3 percent.

As I write this, we have brought in donations or pledges equaling $204,297.40. We are heading in the right direction and are making notes for next year as we go along.

We are determined to make a difference in this community we call home. Bringing in more donations means helping prepare more children to do well in school and life; prepare more people to be productive in the workplace; and provide more resources to help people and families to become healthier and more financially secure.

Now that sounds like a great community to want to live in doesn’t it?

But we need everyone to give. Do you realize that if every family in Vermilion County alone gave $10 for each person living in their home to the United Way, we would surpass our goal of $600,000 by more than $100,000? Now add the families in Fountain and Warren counties in Indiana and we would bring in more than $1 million.

It is so simple how it all adds up. Never think your small donation can’t make a difference because it does. Won’t you give to the United Way this year?

Give. Advocate. Volunteer. Live United.

Sherri M. Askren is president of United Way of Danville Area, Inc., 28 W. North St., Danville, IL 61832. Phone: 442-3512

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