Building on a volunteer’s strengths is something Jackson County United Way has been focused on for years. When Dr. David and Monica Hartung signed on to be the vice-chairs, then Co-Chairs, of the annual campaign David knew JCUW wanted to tap into his songwriting talents. As Mr. Jackson County 2016, Dr. Hartung wrote a little catchy song to help him clench the title and has been entertaining Jackson County crowds since.
Together, Dr. Hartung and his wife, Monica, have been fighting for Jackson County residents and making big impacts in our small towns. The Small Towns Big Impacts Campaign is about celebrating the UNITED effort in our county. We are all part of the same community. WE all win when a child succeeds in school, families are financially stable, and people are healthy.
Last Thursday, partnering with Seymour Main Street’s City Jam, United Way kicked off the campaign, Dr. Hartung entertained the crowd by singing the Oktoberfest song, the Train song, and Give a Little Bit mashed up with We Didn’t Start this County (tune of We Didn’t Start the Fire). “We want to have fun with the campaign- and we want to raise the awareness of the great things that United Way does for all of our neighbors in the county,” shared Monica.
Dr. Hartung shared with the crowd, “I have three kids and when I think of what I want for them, I think about how I want them to be healthy; I want them to have a good education; and someday in the future, I want them to be financially secure. And boom there you go. That is what United Way does.”
With the support of a strong Campaign Team including dedicated leadership Drive Co-Chairs Dr. David & Monica Hartung and Vice Co-Chairs Nate & Ann Tormoehlen the JCUW Board voted to increase the annual campaign goal by 4% of what was raised in 2017 to $836,000.
At the Campaign Kick off, JCUW announced the Pacesetter Campaign totals from AISIN USA, Brownstown Central and Seymour Community Schools, El Nopal, Jackson County Public Library, Jackson County United Way Staff and Board, Lannett’s Corporate Gift, and UPS, to the Small Towns Big Impacts Campaign. The total raised was $178,470 which is over 20% of our goal in hand.
JCUW fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our county. Sean Hildreth, Resource Development 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.”
“United Way creates partnerships and focused services for on struggling, hardworking families; we need the whole community to think about giving a little bit to support those in need” added Hildreth.
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 any increased gift of $25 or more.
For more information on the United Way campaign, call Sean at 812-522-5450. Donations may be mailed to P.O. Box 94, Seymour, IN 47274.