The United Way of Greater Kingsport (UWGK) teamed up with the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce and co-sponsor Seaver's Bakery to launch its 2014-2015 Community Campaign Kickoff yesterday morning at the Chamber. Approximately 150 people attended, including Chamber members, UWGK member agencies, and those who GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER with the United Way. Lynn Shipley, president and chief executive officer of TriSummit Bank, gave the keynote address. Mr. Shipley emphasized the important role businesses and individuals play in community impact work: "Success in business is more than just making a profit. It is our corporate and individual responsibility to give back to our communities."
The purpose of the kickoff was to generate excitement about the essential work performed by the UWGK's 29 member agencies and the corresponding 44 programs as well as the United Way's community impact strategies, which are aimed at identifying and tackling root causes to some of our community's most pressing health and human service issues. Candace Sass, the 2014 UWGK campaign chair, announced this year's record goal of $4 million - the most aggressive goal in the organization's history.
"Yesterday's kickoff reminded us that giving, advocating, and volunteering are all good for business. We are a community of connected individuals. When one succeeds, we all succeed," noted Sass. "The workplace campaign has long provided community members with a convenient way to financially support the United Way. We were fortunate yesterday to make 25 additional connections with local businesses and organizations interested in running workplace campaigns," added Sass.
Building on the already strong support of the Greater Kingsport community is what UWGK Executive Director Danelle Glasscock believes will help the organization reach its $4 million goal. "Our Pacesetter organizations - those who run their United Way campaigns early - provide a firm foundation for us to build upon. We'd like to thank our 2014 UWGK Pacesetters for helping us raise approximately $477,000 toward our $4 million goal," said Glasscock.
The 2014 UWGK Pacesetters include the following:
American Red Cross of NE Tennessee
Appalachian Power Company
Bank of Tennessee
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
Boys & Girls Club of Kingsport
Brock Services, LLC
CASA for Kids
City of Kingsport
Day & Zimmerman
Eastman Credit Union
Edwards Tipton Witt Agency
First Tennessee Bank
Holston Children & Youth Services
Girls Inc. of Kingsport
Holston Medical Group
Indian Path Medical Center/Mountain States Health Alliance
Jacobs Field Services
John R. Hay House
Kingsport Chamber of Commerce
Kingsport Child Development Center
Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority
Literacy Council of Kingsport
Sullivan County Department of Education
TEC Industrial, Inc.
United Way of Greater Kingsport
Wellmont/Holston Valley Medical Center
The UWGK encourages those interested in improving lives to GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER with the organization. More information about the UWGK and how to financially support the organization's critical work is available through the United Way website www.uwaykpt.org or by calling (423) 378-3409.