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updated: 11/22/2013 1:54 PM

United Way of Elgin Annual Campaign Off To A Great Start

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  • Education Programs are a central part of United Way of Elgin's work.

    Education Programs are a central part of United Way of Elgin's work.

United Way of Elgin

As the calendar year draws to a close, the United Way of Elgin reports strong giving to its 2013/2014 annual campaign. Three months into the effort, the United Way has reached 52% of its fundraising goal.

Led by Campaign Chair Jennifer Rakow, IHC Construction Companies and Honorary Chair Jack Shales, Shales McNutt, the campaign has focused on increasing participation rates throughout the community by inviting more people to become part of the conversation on what matters in the Elgin area.

United Way of Elgin's Board of Directors are very active in the campaign, knocking on the doors of local businesses to talk to corporate leaders about their companies' philanthropic interests and how they can partner with United Way to make a difference in Elgin. In addition to seeking a corporate gift, volunteers are asking organizations to conduct an employee campaign with payroll deduction, providing an easy vehicle for employees to make a contribution. Several new companies have already signed on.

"Community support is what drives United Way, both through monetary donations and volunteerism," said Campaign Chair Jennifer Rakow, "and we are fortunate that so many caring & generous people live and work here. The United Way understands the needs in our community and partners with programs and agencies that meet those needs most effectively. People trust the United Way and we will continue to value and earn that trust."

Additionally, Jack, who is celebrating his 60th year of involvement with the United Way of Elgin, issued a challenge to raise $60,000 new dollars through new and increased givers. That effort is currently at 50% of goal.

The campaign will continue through the first quarter of 2014 and there is still time to get involved! A donation to United Way is one of the most effective ways to help so many people in our community who need our help. If you are interested in learning more about the United Way of Elgin or how you can make a contribution to support your community, please visit our website at or call Elissa Kojzarek at 847-741-2259.

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