ADRS United Way campaign will make a splash with Aug. 30 kick off

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After a strong showing in 2018, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services is hoping for another stellar year when it kicks of the 2019 United Way combined campaign Friday, Aug. 30, with a cookout.

The celebration, which will begin at 11:30 a.m. and take place in the alley between the 602 S. Lawrence St. buildings in Montgomery, is open to the state and district offices and will include:

  • free hot dogs and hamburgers
  • a dunking booth featuring ELT members ($5 for two throws)
  • a great opportunity for networking and fun

ADRS IT Director Beverly Floyd said after last year’s success, they wanted to show their gratitude to everyone who contributed and encourage others to join the campaign.

“This year we decided to add a few more incentives at the kickoff to show our appreciation to the staff here at ADRS for all that they do,” she said. “Our staff members are constantly givers anyway, not just in their day-to-day work but in their volunteer efforts. We just wanted to show our appreciation to them for their giving.”

Floyd, an Opelika native, said she is even more energized this year after seeing first-hand how United Way contributions can impact communities.

When tornadoes struck Lee County earlier this year, Floyd said her contribution option, Samaritan’s Purse, was one of the first to arrive. Within 12 hours of the March 3 storm, volunteers were on the ground, and some are still there. She said she was fortunate to have a chance to volunteer on the weekends and learn more about the people who answered the call.

“I worked alongside people from New Mexico, Missouri, and Pennsylvania,” she said. “People came in from everywhere using their school breaks and vacation. It gave me a perspective of how I put my money into this, and I am seeing right here in my own community that it is being used and being of benefit.”

The 2019 goal is to equal last year’s total of $19,930. Donations will be collected through Dec. 30 and can include cash, checks, credit cards, or payroll deduction. Payroll deduction will begin in January.

Belk charity tickets can also be used toward the total. ADRS retirees are eligible to donate.

Some of the 2019 incentives include:

  • Tier one: Commissioner’s Spontaneous Casual Days for $25 or more
  • Tier two: Commissioner’s Spontaneous Casual Days and Dec. 16-31 casual days for $50 or more
  • Tier three: Commissioner’s Spontaneous Casual Days, Dec. 16-31 casual days, and your name added to the drawing for a monthly reserved parking space for $75 or more.
  • Tier four: Commissioner’s Spontaneous Casual Days, Dec. 16-31 casual days, your name added to the drawing for a monthly reserved parking space, and an entire month of casual days in July for $100 or more.
  • Tier five: Tier four: Commissioner’s Spontaneous Casual Days, Dec. 16-31 casual days, your name added to the drawing for a monthly reserved parking space, and an entire month of casual days in June and July for $250 or more.

Tickets for the dunking booth can be purchased the day of the event or in advance by emailing Beverly.Floyd@rehab.alabama.gov. The purchase of dunking booth tickets cannot be combined with any other incentives offered.

Please email Floyd by Aug. 26 if you plan to attend the event.

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