By JIM LANGHAM • Progress Feature Writer
PAULDING – Sonya Herber, executive director of the Paulding County United Way, announced at Saturday’s donor recognition program that the local agency has topped its goal of $60,000 for the 2013 Campaign.
“We officially reached the goal on March 10,” said Herber. “We surpassed it by around $2,000. We met our goal much earlier this year than we did last year. This says a lot about our community donor giving.
“Individual donors also achieved their goals,” continued Herber. “They will be recognized in the paper for achievement. We couldn’t have made it without their donations. ”
Herber credited the successful campaign to United Way officials’ effectiveness in educating donor-based businesses and citizens about the campaign.
Once again, one of the leading business success campaigns was PolyOne, with a 73 percent commitment from employee involvement. But it wasn’t only the local campaign that was successful, the corporate office of PolyOne announced that the company nationwide had contributed $1 million towards the cause of United Way.
Local PolyOne United Way chairman Sue Thompson said that employees utilized such competitive fund-raisers as hat wars, badges, and food pantry campaigns to help support the local United Way cause. In addition, over $2,000 in cash was raised to purchase food for pantries in Paulding and Melrose.
“We are very proud of our concern for our small town people,” commented PolyOne employee Chelsea Smith. “We care about the safety and well-being of our fellow employees.”
“I am very proud; it gives us a sense of pride. Our little group would do anything for anybody,” commented Michelle Gawronski, also an employee. “I’m surprised at what corporate did.”
Herber said that enthusiasm for the 2014 Campaign is extremely high. She noted that she was happy to recruit Tony and Kay Langham to lead this year’s campaign.
“They have such success in fundraising,” said Herber. “Their names are very recognizable. That will be a real plus for us.”
This year’s award winners include:
• Bronze – Wayne Trace High School, Paulding High School National Honor Society, Paulding County Hospital, Antwerp Exchange Bank, LaFarge North America
• Silver – Paulding Eagles, Paulding County Carnegie Library, Herbert E. Orr
• Diamond – Paulding Putnam Electric Co-Op
• Tocqueville – PolyOne.
“The United Way of Paulding County’s mission is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community,” said Herber. “We could not meet the needs of our residents without your support. Thank you for making an impact in people’s lives.”