The United Way of Muscatine held their annual Celebration Breakfast at the Rendezvous on February 28. The event is held to reveal the amount of contributions pledged during the annual giving campaign.
Campaign co-chair Bob Howard announced that the annual campaign received support from over 100 local businesses. Altogether the donations $995,017. Howard stated there was still a potential to reach the $1,000,000 mark with late-incoming donations.
Howard expressed gratitude to the community by saying, “Every year it gets harder to dig deeper and deeper. We are truly grateful.”
In addition to revealing the campaign total, the event was an opportunity to announce the outgoing board members and thank them for their service. Board members who have reached the end of their service include Ron Monohan, Chris Scholz, Ky Cochran, Bret Tanner, Jim Hayes, and Debi Welk.
Incoming board members who were welcomed during the event include Jim Avarez, Kim Bartling, Mike McGrory, and Jason Smith.
Outgoing board president Susan Eversmeyer was thanked for her service, and incoming board president Alyshea Gow was preemptively thanked for her service. Gow will serve an extended term, as the calendar for the terms are shifting. In total, Gow will serve 15 months as opposed to the traditional 12.
Lisa Mosier-Bunn of the Muscatine Community School District was named as the Outstanding Campaign Volunteer for the year. Mosier-Bunn assisted the school district in increasing donors from nine to over 200.
“We have a few employees who have pledged one or two dollars per paycheck,” Mosier-Bunn says. “It’s really humbling to see the generosity and caring of the district employees.”
Program Director Shane Orr stated that the goal of United Way is to be seen more as a partner in the community. “We are not just funding. Hopefully, we can be seen as a key organization in town. We want to help fill the gaps.”
Orr explained that over one million dollars in food has been rescued since the program began, and over one million dollars in volunteer hours have been served.