QUINCY -- Mark Tyrpin needs only four words to describe the importance of United Way of Adams County.
"It's people helping people," said Tyrpin, president and CEO of Mercantile Bank, who is vice chairman of this year's United Way campaign.
The goal of raising $1.05 million "is what's needed to help out those in the community," he said. "For a child, a family down on their luck for whatever reason, United Way is a safety net to help these people and get them moving forward."
United Way funds support 29 member organizations and other community initiatives that will affect more than 34,000 people.
"Agencies rely on the United Way to help raise funds for them, and our job is to go out there as community leaders and activists and to raise those funds so they can flow down to those agencies," he said. "The agencies are the ones that do all the work. They help kids. They help families. They help those in need in this area."
Agencies such as the YMCA use support from United Way to provide scholarships to allow kids to play baseball and have fun --something Tyrpin saw firsthand years ago when coaching at the Y.
The campaign, which runs through January, is progressing well.
"The loaned executives are making their calls. The input we're getting back from people is just great," said Tyrpin, who got his start volunteering with United Way as a loaned executive more than 20 years ago.
What United Way provides reaches beyond solely financial support -- something emphasized again for Tyrpin in this summer's Day of Caring.
He and other Mercantile employees spent the day helping assemble picnic tables at Camp Saukenauk. "People in the community always rise to the occasion and give money, but I was taken aback by the number of employees who wanted to go out and help," he said. "People told me we always give money, but it's great to help do this."
Generous gifts of time, talent and treasure help the United Way's annual campaign succeed -- and the community succeed.
"Just people helping people is what makes this community so great," Tyrpin said.