HEROES were everywhere as the United Way of Adams County annual fundraising campaign was declared a success this week.
A total of $1.183 million was raised, exceeding the annual goal by more than $45,000.
Campaign Chairman John Letts found it impossible to name all the individuals, businesses and groups that contributed to the campaign. He told those gathered at the Town & Country Inn and Suites about several highlights in the commercial, industrial, financial and professional divisions as well as special events and special gifts.
"The money that has been raised will help create a long-lasting change for our citizens, and this is all a result of the community's generosity, the volunteers and the focus of the United Way," Letts said.
Funds raised through the campaign will support 22 agencies that strengthen the community through education, income and health, what Letts called "the building blocks of life."
Cheryl Waterman, the United Way's executive director, said there was "a campaign within a campaign" this year. People who wanted to volunteer their time represented one level. Those contributing dollars were on the other.
"Our volunteer base expanded significantly this year," Waterman said.
Since 1937, when it operated as the Community Chest, annual United Way campaigns have raised more than $40 million. Those collections do not include grants, bequests or contributions made to other United Way programs such as Unmet Needs, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program or the Academic Success Initiative.
Letts, the president of John Wood Community College, said people, businesses and agencies in the Quincy area always seem to rise to the occasion when there are needs.
Human service agencies and charities see needs rise every year. Generous donors and volunteers keep rising to meet the challenge as well.
It takes a heroic effort. Fortunately, there are many heroes living and working here.