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Crazy-Busy Time of Year

You know we are busy here at the United Way when we don’t have time to update our blog like we should. August for us has meant printing flyers on our new Insurance for Children Project that Albemarle County and Charlottesville City schools has put in each student’s back to school information packet. It has meant writing, designing and layout of our annual report and then numerous proofreading rounds of the many revisions.

August and September mean that Shaele Wood, our Volunteer Center director, is deep into project matches for the United Way Laurence E. Richardson Day of Caring. The teams from more than 70 local businesses, churches and organizations, totaling 2,700 volunteers this year, are choosing their projects using a lottery system. It is up to Shaele to notify each team when their turn comes up and answer questions. With August being a big vacation month, contacting folks becomes an even greater challenge.

September means that Caroline Emerson, our Vice President and Campaign Director, is the maestro conducting the many facets of our busiest fundraising period. The United Way Day of Caring is traditionally the kick-off of the campaign. She is joined by numerous volunteers in reaching out to businesses and individuals in the community  for support. This year the annual Campaign is chaired by Brad Ramsey, General Manager of the Charlottesville Newsplex.

Miriam Rushfinn, our Smart Beginnings director,  is coordinating a September 30 event with Robert Pianta, dean of the Curry School of Education: “Are We Preparing Our Children for Success in School?” Jon Nafziger and Pamela Frank are attending a conference on financial stability and the Earned Income Tax Credit.

And so, sometimes we need to lift our heads from our work and remember to inform you - our donors, supporters and beneficiaries – of all that we are doing to make our community a better place for everyone who lives here. If you haven’t heard from us, rest assured it is not because we are on vacation.

Posted by Kim Connolly.

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