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City wins United Way campaign award

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City of Bellingham employees are exceptionally generous. Despite a downtrodden economy that has resulted in budget and staffing cuts throughout City government, the 2011 United Way campaign totals from City employees included more individual donors and ​more Leadership Givers, and raised $3,219 more than the year before!

 City employees helped United Way of Whatcom County reach their record-breaking 2011 Fall Workplace Giving Campaign goal of $2.1 million, and was nominated for Patron of the Year.

Although BP Cherry Point Refinery won Patron of the Year, the City won a LIVE UNITED award for their giving, advocating and volunteering efforts.

The campaign, which concluded in November of 2011, collected pledges and one-time donations from employees to support United Way's partner agencies during the upcoming year (2012). The Bellingham Public Library employees garnered highest percent participation overall, and the Planning and Community Development Department raised the highest amount in total, with the Fire Department very close behind.  Thank you to everyone who contributed!

More City employee United Way contribution figures:

The campaign is United Way's largest fundraising effort, and contributions from more than 150 workplaces will be distributed to more than 43 programs at 30 Whatcom County non-profits. All United way funded programs must show proof of long-term, measureable impact and address key goals that improve Education, Income or Health. Last year United Way funded programs affected more than 150,000 people in Whatcom County. 

More information:      www.unitedwaywhatcom.org

Published: May 1, 2012

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