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County employees pledge over $120,000 for United Way’s centennial year

More than 400 Johnson County employees pledged a total of $121,896.98 for United Way’s Centennial Campaign, “Here for Good.” The Board of County Commissioners formally celebrated the success of the campaign this morning and recognized individual departments for highest per capita giving, highest participation and largest increase in giving. The totals surpassed campaign goals both for total raised and total participants.

“I’ve personally seen how United Way resources, such as 211 and the veteran's navigator, can make an immediate difference for families in our community,” said Penny Postoak Ferguson, county manager. “I am proud of, but not surprised by, the fact that so many of our employees gave to this campaign.”

United Way of Greater Kansas City partners with agencies throughout the metropolitan area. Employees had the opportunity to designate their pledges to specific organizations or to allow United Way of Greater Kansas City to distribute their donation across their partner agencies.

Cindy Green, chief of staff and assistant to the county manager, and Jeff Stewart, deputy director of Johnson County Park and Recreation District, served as co-chairs of the campaign. The two coordinated ambassadors from each county department to spread the word and plan fundraising events for county employees. In addition to cash pledges, Johnson County employees also partnered with employees from the City of Olathe to collect 809 winter wearables such as sweaters and hats. The campaign ran from Oct. 4-26.

United Way 211 is the largest provider of community resource data in Johnson County Government’s My Resource Connection, an online database of community service providers for nine surrounding metropolitan counties.