Annual "Day of Caring" a success
This year's Annual Day of Caring was held on September 8th. We had the overwhelming support of 742 volunteers who logged 2,968 hours.
An awe-inspiring 47 projects were completed in Carbon and Emery County which included the clean-up of 30 homes and Wood Hill.
This year's event was made possible by our sponsors who provided supplies as well as breakfast and a bbq lunch for the volunteers. Over all we felt the community came together and made a difference in the place we live and love.
The United Way of Eastern Utah has been located in Price for 31 years, serving Carbon, Emery, Grand, San Juan, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett counties. This includes 37 municipalities with a population of 108,604 and containing 25,850 square miles. In today's challenging economic climate our work is more important than ever.
The United Way of Eastern Utah consists of employees: Bill Maikranz, Executive Director; and Carole Wright, Campaign Coordinator; two AmeriCorps Vista employees Annalee Howland, Ronda Brown and ran by a 14 member volunteer board.
United Way of Eastern Utah mission is to improve lives in Eastern Utah by mobilizing the caring power of our community. Our focus is education, income, and heath. We are working, One, see that every child enters school ready to learn and finish high school prepared to succeed in college, work and life. Two, creating support for families and individuals to have enough income to provide stability and ensure that our community's most basic needs are met. Three, we are working to ensure the promotion of health and safety as well as access to affordable health care for all individuals in the community. Our goal is to create measurable and sustainable changes that meet current and emerging needs within the community.
We are hosting our annual Angel Tree Program, now in its 29th year. Angel Tree applications are being accepted through close of business Nov. 16th, 2012. Last year the program served nearly 790 children.
For the second year Pinnacle Nursing graciously held the Pinnacle Nursing Golf Classic fundraiser for us. We held an essentials drive where we collected: shampoo, laundry soap, toothbrushes and diapers to name a few.
To honor Dr. Seuss' 100th birthday we had a book drive which collected over 600 books. All of the books and essentials were donated to various agencies in the community.
To celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., United Way of Eastern Utah partnered with the VISTAS serving in Carbon and Emery Counties to collect 639 coats that were given to residents of our community.
Many of our communities have an increased need for services while noting a decrease in annual giving as sited in a recent Associated Press article stating donations across the United States are realizing the worst decline in twenty years. The funds which are raised locally stay local; the majority of our administrative and overhead expenditures are met by our Cornerstone Partners which are; Basso GM, Questar, Bill Barrett Corp. Pinnacle Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, XTO Energy, Rocky Mountain Power, Fresh Market, Castleview Hospital, SOS Employment Group, Arch Coal Inc., Caterpillar, Golden West, Pierce Oil, Key Bank and ServiceMaster. Cornerstone Partnership's like these are imperative to the foundation of your local United Way's operation and can't be thanked enough. We are proud to say that we now have 10 grant recipients who like us, work in our communities to improve education, income and health in our communities. Our partner agencies are: Active Reentry, Rocky Mountain Home Care, Sun Center, Boys and Girls Club of Carbon County, Community Rebuilds, Area of Aging, Friends of the PACT in Green River, Foster Grandparents, S.E. Early Intervention and WabiSabi.
We are working with our community investors and grant recipients to improve our community. We can never say thank you enough, but hope they know the real difference they have made in their community. When we all give a little, we get a lot back in return. Their donations and volunteerism have become the backbone of our community laying the foundation to improve the whole community and we are so THANKFUL!!