ADRS launches 2018 United Way campaign with special event

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The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and United Way combined campaign kicked off Friday, Sept. 14, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. with a few new incentives.

The special event, held in the State Office, featured food, fun, fellowship, and door prizes, along with presenters to explain how contributions to the United Way make a difference in the community.

ADRS staffer Beverly Floyd, who is chairing the ADRS campaign, said the 25th-anniversary effort is themed “Love Your State.”

Floyd said the campaign committee hopes to improve upon last year’s total and reach this year’s goal of $20,000. Even more importantly, Floyd said, they would like to see contributions from more employees.

“What we’re really focusing on this year is participation,” she said. “We want to see more people participate.”

There are plenty of reasons to do so in 2018. Floyd said those who donate $25 or more will receive gift cards offering discounts to restaurants and other local businesses. Each donation will also enter participants in a drawing for a prized parking spot near the program building, with the space reserved for a different employee each month.

An email distribution list will be created for donors notifying them of spontaneous casual dress day. These donors will be allowed to participate when an email blast is sent by Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw.

If the $20,000 goal is met, a movie day in the large conference room has been proposed. Snacks will be provided, and participants will have a chance to view an educational movie related to disability.

Fundraisers also will be conducted throughout the year. Floyd said the committee is considering a cookout featuring either barbecue or hamburgers. Plates will be sold, and proceeds will go toward the department’s totals.

ADRS employees who do not work in the Montgomery office will also have a chance to participate. Floyd said they are hoping each office will host a small-scale kickoff of its own to begin the fundraising campaign.

Board members and retirees can also donate toward the department’s total.

The United Way supports more than 400 health and human service agencies that are working to make a difference and prove local communities.

Each donor has a choice to support his or her favorite issue or cause.

A contribution of $25 can provide:

  • a speech screening for a child or adult
  • more than 130 meals to low-income seniors
  • fuel for six transports to health care for children
  • one month of meals on wheels to a homebound senior
  • vaccinations for two puppies
  • $2,000 worth of medicine to people in need
  • assistance in completing the overlook Project for the Alabama National Cemetery
  • a personalized information kit to newly diagnosed cancer patients

Donations can be made through payroll deduction or a one-time cash, check, or credit card donation. Payroll deductions would begin in January 2019.
















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