Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

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February 14, 2014

United Way aids 15 nonprofits


Pacesetter companies usually kick off the campaign year by making pledges early. Four companies and two nonprofit groups of workers were recognized by Lierl as fundraising pacesetters: Bath State, FCN and MainSource banks; Owens Corning; county school employees; and county government workers. Employees at those spots can opt for automatic payroll deductions.

Even if they work outside of the county, residents can donate by writing United Way of Franklin County, Indiana, on payroll contribution forms.

There are several other ways citizens may give to UWFC. They may choose to donate one-time, tax-deductible contributions or monthly or quarterly pledges, Bulmer said. Checks may be mailed to United Way of Franklin County, P.O. Box 105, Brookville, IN 47012.

UWFC has established a leadership Governors Club, named after the county’s four governors, for those who give at least $250 annually.

Kelly Bulmer became the United Way of Franklin County executive director last November upon Yvonne Brandes’ retirement. According to the president, “It’s been pretty much a smooth transition. We’re really thrilled to have her. She knows all about computers. She was in (Indiana Department of) Child Services. What better preparation for a job like this?”

Of the Volunteer of the Year award, Lierl revealed, “We try to keep this a secret.” The surprise was ruined when public relations chair Kathy O’Bryan, Brookville, who has served in that role for awhile, received a certificate from the state office with her name on it. Bulmer told her, “You definitely spearheaded the Day of Caring.” O’Bryan said, “I was shocked to get this. Everybody on this board pitches in ... everyone comes and does their part.”

In addition to aiding county organizations, members of the nonprofit participate in events. Hoog observed, “We had an eventful year, as always.” Over 250 animal masks were distributed to kids during Memorial Day’s Family Fun Day at the Brookville park. “That event gets bigger and bigger every year” and gets the word out about United Way. Almost $1,000 was raised during a raffle at the Franklin County 4-H Fair, which helped send a county child to Camp Riley. August’s A-Main-Zing Race, which pits teams against each other on Brookville’s Main Street, garnered almost $5,000. She reported, “We didn’t have as many teams as we usually did. We had a lot of businesses participate and everybody had a really good time.”

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