On October 21st, the City of York kicked off its 2019 United Way Campaign. Last year the organization raised more than $8,000.00 to contribute to the 2018 Campaign. The City of York’s 2019 United Way Campaign goal is $10,000. During the early stages of the campaign, city employees reached more than 20% of their goal raising over $2,000 in pledges on the first day of their campaign, which, for City employees, runs from October 21-November 21.
“We want to lead from the front and set an example of generosity from the top down, so we have engaged and encouraged all of our Directors to give and set goals within each of their departments,” said Mayor Helfrich who kicked off the campaign with an initial gift of $500.00.
To kick off the campaign, employees were invited to a free lunch in Council Chambers sponsored by Royal Square Development and Construction and catered by Merrymaker, a sister company of Prince St. Café. Employees also had a special guest visit from Campaign Chair, Liz Dellinger and heard from United Way Partner Agency, Communities in Schools, which currently is serving students in the York City School District. Campaign Champions Ricky Quintero and Sharee McFadden shared their personal stories about how their families have benefitted from services provided by United Way and its partner agencies.
“When I moved here 10 years ago from New Jersey, I was able to have my taxes prepared free of charge through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program by United Way Partner Agency SpiriTrust Lutheran. This is one of the many services that United Way facilitates to our community for free, thanks to the contribution of those who want to make a positive impact in the lives of others,” shared Quintero, Executive Administrator to the Mayor.
“We want to reach our goal, but more importantly, we want to encourage employees understand the impact of their donation. Many employees had a misconception that only a small portion of their gift went to the partner agency and we have seen more enthusiasm around giving once they realized that partner agencies receive 100% of their designated gifts,” said McFadden, Economic Development and RDA Specialist with the City.
During the campaign employees will be able to participate in “Dress this Way for the United Way” Jean day and a wellness day, sponsored by the City of York Employee Wellness Committee. Local businesses have also graciously sponsored employee incentives to reward donors for their contributions.
“We are truly grateful for our sponsors, all of whom are city businesses, committed to uniting together for a stronger York,” said Mayor Helfrich.
City of York 2019 Campaign Sponsors
Royal Square Development and Construction
28 S. Duke St, York
Catering by Merrymaker, sister company to Prince St. Café
2 W. Market St. York Open Daily 7am-10pm www.princestreetcafe.com
Learn more about Merrymaker, Prince Street Café and more at www.commonscompany.com
True Advisory Group
8 S. George Street
York City Pretzel Company
39 W. Market Street, York, Open Monday-Saturday 10am-3pm
Sniffany’s of York
290 W. Market Street, York, Open Monday-Saturday 6am-9pm and Sundays 9am-7pm
917 E. Market Street, York
Open Tuesday- Thursday 11am-8pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-9pm and Sundays 12pm-5pm
Curious Little Playhouse
41 W. Market St. York
Open Tuesday – Thursday 9:30am-2pm, Friday and Saturday 9:30am-7pm and Sundays 10am-4pm
The Cantina, an O.N.E. Hospitality Company
105 S. Duke Street, York
Open Tuesday-Thursday 11am-12am, Friday and Saturday 11am-1am, Sunday 11am-9pm
Learn more about O.N.E. Hospitality Group atwww.onehospitality.group
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