United Way Kicks off a Successful Campaign

Jackson County United Way is happy to announce that Nate & Ann Tormoehlen will serve as the nonprofit's 2019 Campaign Chairs along with the support of Vice Co-Chairs John & Jamey Doriot. The JCUW Board voted to increase the annual campaign goal to $850,000. 

Nate Tormoehlen has served as a board chair for United Way and Ann Tormoehlen has volunteered with Rock’n Ready and connected with United Way to find solutions for her high school students in need. Together, they will lead a volunteer campaign team and United Way staff in working with hundreds of corporate, small business, and community partners in Jackson County to raise funds that will benefit the whole community.

The longstanding support of United Way through their "dedicated service," made the Tormoehlens ideal candidates, said Tonja Couch, Executive Director.

"We are excited to have Nate and Ann work with us in this new, yet familiar, capacity," Couch said. "They truly believe in our shared vision of a community where everyone thrives. We are ready to work alongside them and see what we can accomplish together in 2019."

Last year, Dr. David and Monica Hartung led the campaign and saw great growth of 5% from 2017.  United Way saw an increase in workplace giving, and exceeded their campaign goal by raising $846,627. 

Nate, who is the President at Beatty Insurance, and Ann, a Seymour High School Math Teacher said they hope to continue United Way's exceptional work this year. "United Way's mission of assessing needs, securing resources and strategically investing those resources to create measurable, lasting change in the areas of education, health and financial stability will create a stronger community and I'm honored to serve as the 2019 Campaign Drive Co-Chair," Nate said. Ann added, "The organization is a leader in promoting innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing community challenges.”

In the United Way Campaign Kick-Off video, the Tormoehlens announced the Pacesetter Campaign totals from Aisin USA, Brownstown Central and Seymour Community Schools, Jackson County Public Library, Jackson County United Way Staff and Board, as well as Lannett’s Corporate Gift and early Residential gifts to the Together Everyone Achieves More Campaign.  The total raised was $198,846 which is 23% of the annual goal in hand. 

In 2016, United Way announced a dramatic change to how it invests dollars to its nonprofit partners. In the past, the same nonprofits received the same amount of money year in and out, but that allocation model is being replaced with a more competitive, flexible, and streamlined process.

The new Community Impact approach took effect at the beginning of this year, and it will support its strategic investments with three funds — an innovation fund that will provide small, one-time grants to help nonprofits take risks, scale up or invest in their own capacity; an impact fund that will provide multi-year grants focused on education, economic mobility and health and well-being; and a United Neighborhoods fund, which will roll out at a later date and will make five- to 10-year investments in efforts helping neighborhoods thrive.

JCUW fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our county.  Tonja Couch, Executive Director added, “We do this work with deep partnerships and collaborations.  The funds raised from the annual campaign go to support our 20 certified community partners and their program work focused on their part of our mission.  We create partnerships and direct services to support struggling, hardworking families.  This year, we need the whole community to think about giving a little bit to support those in need” added Couch.

Again, this year there is a matching grant through the Indiana United Ways and Lilly Endowment.  All new gifts of $100 or more are matched dollar for dollar and gifts of $100 or more when increased $25 over previous donation.  

For more information on the United Way campaign, call Tonja at 812-522-5450.  Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 94, Seymour, IN 47274.