Centre College’s Heart of Kentucky United Way (HKUW) campaign, an annual effort that gives back to our regional community, kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 8 a.m., with a breakfast in the Nichols Dining Room in the Campus Center.
HKUW serves more than 30 agencies and impacts the lives of thousands in Boyle, Garrard, Mercer and Lincoln counties each year, and 99 percent of the money raised by the United Way returns to these communities, making a difference across age groups.
“The kick-off breakfast is a fun annual event to raise awareness of the kick-off of the campus United Way campaign,” said Patrick Noltemeyer, chief planning officer and special assistant to the president, who is serving as one of this year’s campaign co-chairs. “While faculty and staff can turn in their pledge forms at any time during the campaign, we find that the kick-off event is a great way to build excitement.”
Noltemeyer explained that the purpose of the campaign is to raise money and support for agencies that makes a positive difference in the community by contributing funds to HKUW.
“Every fall, we remind our students that when they join the Centre community, they become citizens in the Danville–Boyle County communities, as well,” he added. “Good citizens seek out ways to give back, to improve the lives of those around them, and the College campaign encourages everyone to do so.”
This year’s campaign runs through November.
“While individual gifts can sometimes seem small in comparison to the magnitude of the need, the benefit of an agency like the United Way is the chance to combine and focus these individual gifts in programs that make the biggest difference for good,” Noltemeyer said.
“The United Way campaign committee encourages each member of the Centre community to reflect on the impact United Way agencies have in their own lives, as well as the lives of their friends, neighbors, colleagues and community members, and to give in a way that is meaningful for them,” he concluded.
by Kerry Steinhofer
October 26, 2017