QUINCY -- Getting involved with the United Way of Adams County was not a difficult decision for Hal Oakley. He has seen the return it has provided to the community.
Growing up in a family that has assisted the United Way, helping the organization is in his DNA.
His first real exposure to the United Way as an adult was when he returned to Quincy 22 years ago, and he was asked to volunteer for the campaign. He started by working in the special gifts division where he spent several years.
"I got to see firsthand the opportunities the United Way provided to the community through raising funds and being able to fund different programs through the partner agencies," Oakley said. "That was really exciting, and it was fun to meet the people behind putting it all together."
As the chairman of the United Way's 2018 fundraising campaign, Oakley is working to help the organization reach its goal of $1.05 million.
"What inspires me to be involved in the United Way is Adams County is a special place, and the most valuable asset we have are the people," Oakley said. "The United Way helps people. It's that simple."
At the campaign's August kickoff, it was revealed that more than $200,000 of the campaign goal had already been reached.
"Right now, we're in the phase of reaching out, so I would say over the next couple of months we'll start seeing results as employer work site campaigns are conducted and as the individuals start responding to communications," Oakley said.
He lauded the campaign's volunteers.
"We have a wonderful corps of volunteers and loaned executives, and a great campaign cabinet, and my goal is to open doors, minds and hearts," Oakley said.