Over 120 local business representatives and volunteers came out to support United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd in their annual Campaign Kick-Off on September 17th at the German Club Manor in Blacksburg. United Way’s Campaign Kick-Off event marks the beginning of the United Way fundraising season each year. Guests gather to celebrate a new year of helping others and get motivated for what the upcoming year has in store. The event was generously sponsored by Outback Steakhouse.
The event started with an introduction and welcome from United Way’s newly elected President of the Board of Directors, Keith Finch. United Way’s Executive Director, Kymn Davidson-Hamley, shared with the crowd the successes of the past year, reminded them of the importance of working together, and urged the crowd to share the mission of United Way with others. “Campaign is critical – without campaign success, we can do nothing. It is the cornerstone for community investment, for critical funding for our partner agencies, and the starting point for all our other successful programs we carry out for our community. While we are starting to diversify funding to supplement campaign, we must be successful with our workplace campaigns in our community. We need more of our community to Live United with us, and be involved year-round to truly make changes that aren’t just numbers, but real impact in families’ lives that help them Live United too.” stated Davidson-Hamley.
The final speaker at the event was Virginia Tech’s Director of Athletics, Whit Babcock. Babcock drew from personal stories and inspiring words from others who have motivated his own career. Babcock shared “It’s important to always remember it isn’t just what we do, but why we do it. We are all very busy, and sometimes when we are assigned to running a United Way campaign at work, it feels like another item on the to-do list. We need to see how we are impacting our community, and realize this opportunity to run a campaign is more of a privilege than a task. It’s a privilege to help others and advocate for local needs. Ask yourself why you volunteer for United Way and your local community. The answer is probably not because you were assigned to it, but because you enjoy being part of something that is bigger than yourself, something that can only be accomplished by a large team working together in order to be successful. ”
Babcock was accompanied by Virginia Tech football players J.C. Coleman, Luther Maddy, and Trey Edmunds, soccer players’ Jordyn Brock and Bria Dixon, and cheerleaders’ Amber Miller and Morgan Altizer who helped promote team spirit.
United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd’s mission is to unite local people and resources to improve lives in the New River Valley. United Way and its partner agencies identify needs and address them with the collective generosity of local people and local companies.
Company campaigns and special fundraisers have begun in the New River Valley. If you would like more information on how to get involved or to learn more, please visit United Way of Montgomery, Radford and Floyd’s website at www.unitedwaynrv.org.