United Way of Williamson County ‘Ignites the Light’ with campaign season

Sept. 8, 2016

United Way of Williamson County (UWWC) recently kicked off its 2016-2017 campaign giving season, themed “Ignite the Light” and chaired by Keith Everett of Publix Supermarkets.

The organization, which partners with more than 180 area employers on employee giving campaigns, also welcomed 11 additional partners this season: Availity LLC, Elliott Davis Decosimo, Eco-Energy, Gary Force Acura, IBEX Global, O’More School of Design, Williamson Medical Center, Meridian Surgical Partners, Manchester Tank Co., the City of Nolensville and Morning Pointe.

Each year, area employers hosting employee giving campaigns “ignite the light” of giving within their organizations. These partnerships provide support for local programs that remove barriers to learning, reduce burdens of financial need and supporting the most vulnerable in our community.

Although employee giving campaigns can be held at any time during the year, many employers choose to kick off their campaigns during the fall.

“Campaigns provide fun and informative ways for employees to learn about community needs and offer opportunities to engage not only employees, but the community as a whole,” said Pam Bryant, UWWC president and CEO.

Often campaigns feature food trucks, silent auctions or other events that are open to the public, with proceeds benefiting United Way’s work in the community.

The upcoming Mayor and Elected Officials Pancake Breakfast on Sept. 22 at the Williamson County Administrative Complex is one such event.

Campaign giving season also serves as an ideal time for partner corporations to arrange group volunteer projects.

“Many of our partner companies work with our volunteer center to coordinate group volunteer outings with their employees,” said Debby Rainey, UWWC vice president of strategic impact. “Each year, these volunteers contribute hundreds of hours of work within the community, completing projects that may not otherwise be completed. Whether it’s helping to clean a senior citizen center, sorting food for student fuel bags or reading to young children, these volunteers make a difference to the community.”

In honor of this year’s theme, UWWC’s corporate partners are using the Twitter and Facebook hashtag #IgniteTheLightUW to share how they are igniting the light this campaign season.

For more information about UWWC or to learn more about how your workplace can benefit from a partnership with United Way, visit uwwc.org or call 615-771-2312.
About United Way of Williamson County

United Way of Williamson County is committed to creating real change and measurable improvements in the day-to-day lives of thousands of people. Serving the Williamson County community for more than 50 years, United Way of Williamson County works through collaborations with hundreds of committed partners, including governments, schools, corporations, businesses and nonprofits, and thousands of individuals to create positive change in the lives of families and children. When we work together to advance the common good, we LIVE UNITED. To find out more, please visit uwwc.org or call the office at 615-771-2312.