United Way Gives Back to the Community

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The steering committee for the Vicksburg United Way campaign includes standing from left to right: Tim Moore, Gen Landtroop, Danna Downing, Nicole Guza the coordinator from UWBCKR. Seated from left to right: Laura Howard, chair of the committee, Carol Lohman, Cindy Kole, 2014 Kalamazoo campaign chairperson and Vicksburg resident.

The United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region (UWBCKR) announced the winner of its sweepstakes contest last month, but the campaign in Vicksburg is still in full swing, according to its chairperson Laura Howard.

The goal locally of $33,000, helps to fund activities at the South County Community Services, girl scouts, boy scouts, the district library, community education, Generous Hands, and last year it helped purchase football helmets for boys in youth football who couldn’t afford their own.

“We are nearing our goal but need to get over the top, so we can fully fund these deserving agencies,” Howard explained. The Vicksburg campaign is run in tandem with Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, with twenty percent of the money donated by Vicksburg area residents, coming back into the community. Also, donors may designate their money to any one of these agencies, in addition to what we get back from the overall campaign, Howard indicated.

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