United Way benefits Baldwin
Every year at this time, the United Way of Douglas County begins fundraising campaign in the hopes of receiving enough donations to help the many organizations it supports.
Paul Vander Tuig, the Baldwin United Way Campaign 2002 chair, said even though the United Way receives donations from people in Baldwin, he's afraid a myth keeps many from donating.
"There's the belief that you donate to the Douglas County United Way, but then Baldwin doesn't see the benefit back from that," Vander Tuig said.
But that's not the case. In fact, he said nearly 2,000 Baldwin residents were positively affected through individual services or educational outreach provided by the county's United Way.
"Even people that receive services from UW might not be aware of it," he said.
"You think of UW in cases of emergency," he said. "But that's just one way the UW provides services in Baldwin."
Last year, 22 organizations and services that receive United Way funds served people in Baldwin, which included the Boy and Girl Scouts, the Red Cross, the Douglas County Visiting Nurses Association, Douglas County Rape Victim Survivor Services, Penn House and Pelathe Community Resource Center.
"Baldwin really does benefit from this," Vander Tuig said.
Saturday, as part of the county's "Day of Caring," the Baldwin Boy Scouts spent part of the day cleaning around Baldwin Elementary School.
"It shows that a group impacted by the United Way can give back to the community," he said.
This year's Douglas County United Way campaign, "A Community Challenged A United Response," runs through November. The Baldwin goal is to raise $15,615.
Vander Tuig said he encouraged Baldwin residents to donate to the United Way and there are several ways to do it.
Some residents will receive a form in the mail. Some residents can choose to have it deducted from their payroll, like those employed by the Baldwin School District, Baker University or the city of Baldwin. Others can get pledge cards at the Baldwin Athletic Club or Santa Fe Market.
For more information about the United Way, go online to www.unitedwaydgco.org.
Vander Tuig said the United Way is key in helping meet Baldwin's needs.
"It's a really neat organization," he said.