The word ‘champion’ conjures up different images in the minds of people when tasked with reflecting on what a champion is. Merriam-Webster defines a ‘champion’ as one that does battle for another’s rights or honor. For the communities of Decatur and Hartselle in Morgan County, Alabama, champion means that much and more. During the week of March 26-30, The Partnership’s Meals on Wheels & More program invited Community Champions to join volunteers on delivery routes to meet the customers and engage in conversation with those who receive the daily meals.
Hartselle Mayor Randy Garrison took time out of his busy schedule to join volunteer Alisha Ricketts on her meal route. Mayor Garrison said of his experience, “I truly enjoyed the time I spent last week with (Alisha). She really goes above and beyond with her folks, they all seemed to look forward to seeing her and many of them were happy to talk with us.”
The Community Champions Week is part of Meals on Wheels America‘s March for Meals. During this time, local programs are encouraged to invite local, state and federal officials, local celebrities and other prominent community figures to deliver meals, speak out for seniors and raise awareness for the power of Meals on Wheels. Community Champions week within March for Meals provides local Meals on Wheels programs a wonderful opportunity to engage powerful figures in the community, garner media attention and helps raise public awareness for the nutritional and social needs of seniors.
The 2017 United Way Campaign set a new Partnership pledge record, exceeding last year’s pledge amount by 4%.
The Partnership’s 2017 United Way Campaign results once again prove that there are heroes among us. Using the theme “Superheroes” for this year’s campaign, United Way Committee members went all out to highlight the effect that agency employees have on others when they give back to their communities.
The campaign was a one-day event held as part of the annual in-service for all Partnership employees. Members of the Decatur Police Department greeted employees as they arrived, taking selfies through hero-themed frames, before the attendees proceeded into the venue at Ingall’s Harbor Pavilion located on the Tennessee River. As agency staffers entered the building they were greeted with superhero decor as hero music filled the venue. Action figures, co-workers in costume and United Way t-shirts were all front and center at the entryway. No one could escape the camera action upon arrival, leading to each and every employee being captured superhero style in a custom superhero frame.
Throughout the two-week period prior to the main event employees had the opportunity to participate in a Scavify contest with a variety of prizes available ranging in value from $25 to $250. Leading up to the prize drawings, guests from United Way of Morgan County (Alabama) spoke to the audience about the impact donations make on those programs funded by United Way dollars.
After the dust had settled, the 2017 United Way Campaign resulted in: 42 first-time givers, 25 one-time givers, 127 increased givers, 121 recurring givers and 315 total givers (77% of all Partnership employees) for a grand total of $37,150. The 2017 Campaign topped last year’s campaign total of $35,720 by 4%.