QUINCY -- The Mississippi Valley Council of the Boy Scouts of America is no stranger to the United Way of Adams County. It has been a partner with the group since its inception as the Community Chest of Quincy in 1937.
"Over those 82 years, our relationship with the United Way as grown and developed," said J. David Gilbert, development director for the council. "We've asked for different things over the years to support initiatives at the time with the overall objective of being able to turn some of these programs for at-risk youth into financially stable groups."
Gilbert said the council has created new packs and troops for children in need and recruited volunteers to run them. The council supports them financially until the new units are able to support themselves. The council has had good luck with programs at Adams and Dewey schools in Quincy, as well as Harrison Hills.
The Mississippi Valley Council is one of 29 nonprofit agencies that partners with the United Way. The support of the United Way benefits nearly 2,600 Scouts and 1,200 volunteers.
This year, Gilbert said the council has asked for support to provide Scouting to all youths in Adams County focusing on character building, citizenship training, physical fitness and the outdoors.
"The funds help cover the costs of membership recruitment supplies and support to our 140 Scouting units and our volunteers," he said. "So making sure we're able to give in the schools and make presentations and pay for fliers, yard signs and posters."
Funds also support subsidizing weekend programs at Saukenauk Scout Reservation and Camp Eastman, as well as the Exploring program.
The 2018 United Way campaign raised $1.08 million, which supports the partner agencies and countywide initiatives supporting more than 34,000 people.
In the 80-plus year history of the United Way of Adams County campaign, more than $45 million has been raised. More than $40 million of that total has gone directly to partner organizations.