Johnson County’s 2019 United Way campaign ended Thursday, Nov. 21, with a 6% increase in employee participation though falling short of the fund-raising goal.
Cindy Green of the County Manager’s Office, and Mary Beverly with the Department of Health and Environment, United Way co-chairs, announced the final results during the weekly business session of the Board of County Commissioners. The campaign received donations and pledges totaling $113,710.50 from 444 employees, surpassing its participation goal of 419. The campaign goal was $119,000.
Awards were presented to ambassadors representing five departments/agencies with the highest gifts per capita, highest percentage of employees participating and largest increase in total dollars.
Becky Miller, on behalf of Human Resources, received the first-place Power of Caring Award with a per capita of $490 in employee contributions. Public Works (Ryan Sims) had the second highest per capita at $242 followed by Board of County Commissioners/CMO (Rene’ Murphy) at a penny shy of $216.
BOCC/CMO (Murphy) placed first in the Power of Sharing Awards for the highest percentage of participation among employees at almost 58% followed by Human Resources (Miller) at almost 54% and JIMS (Lee Baldwin) at 52%.
The Power of Caring and Power of Sharing awards featured artwork from the Emerging Artists Program of Johnson County Developmental Supports. The art was provided by George Utter, Amanda Vahle, Brad Friedman, Dawn Farnsworth and Daniel McLean.
The Most Valuable Player Award was presented to JCDS and accepted by Kate Martinez and Melissa Reeves.
United Way is one of three designated fund-raising activities by Johnson County Government. The other campaigns are Feed the Need and Arts KC.