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Bureau County United Way kicks-off 2014 campaign

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Bureau County United Way Executive Director Andrea Anderson (center) stands with the 2014 campaign chairspersons Abbie and Matt Cochran with sons Bryce, 3, and Eli, 3 months. Also pictured are members of the BCUW Board of Directors and representatives of the 14 agencies the BCUW benefits.

PRINCETON — With a new director to lead the charge, the Bureau County United Way (BCUW) has officially kicked-off its 2014 campaign.

The goal thermometer has been erected on the lawn of Bureau County Courthouse, with a goal set at $120,000.

At the kick-off meeting on Tuesday, Bureau County United Way Executive Director Andrea Anderson sat down with several representatives from the 14 health and human service agencies the BCUW serves.

A motivated Anderson expressed the need to stay vigilant and keep folks aware the BCUW campaign is about people and service to others in need.

“With the economy stressed, it leads to more people in need and more services helping the stressors,” she said. “Not-for-profit isn’t always easy because you always wonder where that next dollar is coming; how will I find those resources on those individuals who need that help?”

Anderson said the community is lucky to have the BCUW in Princeton — being the long arm service.

“If it goes away, there is one less vessel that we can depend on to outreach and service,” she said. “That, we don’t want because slowly our community gets smaller because our resources get less.”

BCUW Board President Sue Spratt touched on new beginnings and compared the start of the campaign in fall to harvest time.

“We’re harvesting and gathering all of us together; we’re starting to communicate more; we’re pooling our resources; we’re getting organized and goal focused,” she said. “It starts here, and it starts today. This is the harvest we plant and use as the first seed of opportunity for a successful campaign.”

Matt and Abbie Cochran of Princeton were announced as the 2014 campaign chairpersons.

BCUW will host its first fundraiser of the campaign – the 10th annual golf scramble – at 1 p.m. Sept. 27 at Chapel Hill Golf Course in Princeton. The last day to register for the event is tomorrow, Friday. Proceeds benefit the 14 not-for-profit local health and human service agencies that serve those in need.

Of the funds raised for the BCUW, 99 percent stay within the county. Aside from the 14 agencies, the BCUW also funds special children’s projects and Community Impact Grants though campaign donations.

The 14 agencies served are American Red Cross — Bureau County, Bureau County Food Pantry, Bureau County Health and Wellness Clinic, Bureau County Senior Citizens Association, Illinois Valley Center for Independent Living, Center for Youth and Family Solutions, In-Home Care VNA, Girls Scouts of Central Illinois, Gateway Services, Prairie State Legal Services, Salvation Army, Boys Scouts’ W.D. Boyce Council, Youth Service Bureau and University of Illinois Extension — Bureau County.

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