United Way campaign reaches 20% mark

Five weeks after the 2011-12 Community Campaign officially kicked off, Greater Ottawa County United Way has tallied more than 20 percent of its $2.3 million goal, thanks to results reported this week from workplace campaigns held in area companies.
Oct 22, 2011


The 20-percent “check” on the campaign thermometer signs around the county is supported by Ottawa County’s top campaigns — Shape Corp. and JSJ Corp. of Grand Haven, and Haworth Inc. of Holland — which have already reported results. Shape announced at quarterly meetings this week that its associates had exceeded the dollar goal set for pledges by more than 14 percent. Haworth and JSJ employee pledges are each up more than 10 percent over last year’s campaign, which makes campaign officials hopeful of reaching this year’s community goal.

Scott Remenschneider — vice president of Huntington Bank and 2011-12 Community Campaign chairman — spoke to community leaders, government representatives and business owners on behalf of the campaign at the Chamber of Commerce’s Early Bird Breakfast on Friday morning in Ferrysburg.

“We all know that government belt-tightening is necessary,” he said. “I also know that this community has one of the most giving spirits in the world — and we have an opportunity, right here and now, to make a choice with what we do with our dollars. We can make a difference by giving to our local United Way.”

Residents who are not able to participate in the campaign through their employment may give online at www.ottawaunitedway.org; or mail a donation to Greater Ottawa County United Way, P.O. Box 1349, Holland, MI 49422.

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