United Way of Williamson County (UWWC) announced campaign contributions increased by 6% this year, topping more than $1 million in pledges and donations.
The announcement was made at UWWC’s annual campaign celebration in Georgetown on May 5, 2015. This event recognizes the efforts of more than 150 local employers, community partners and funded agencies for their common commitment to improving life for tens of thousands of Williamson County residents each year.
The increase in donations and pledges to United Way of Williamson County’s annual campaign will allow the volunteer board of directors to invest more than $755,000 in programs, services and other charities for the upcoming fiscal year. Contributions to the Community Impact Fund and United Way’s strategic programs will be used to stabilize families, help children succeed through education, and empower healthy living by increasing access to healthcare and prevention programs.
“I am honored to live in a community that boasts so many generous people who are committed to helping people change their situation and find their way to a better way of life,” said Mary Dale, UWWC Board Chair. “On behalf our community, I want to thank all of you… board members, committee members, funded agencies, our campaign partners and especially our many donors for everything you have done to change the story for Williamson County residents.”
During the celebration, awards were presented to local employers who demonstrated exceptional commitment to the goals and values of United Way of Williamson County. Frost Bank employees working in Williamson County were awarded Small Campaign Partner of the Year, while Wells Fargo employees were named as Mid-size Campaign Partner of the Year and H-E-B partners received awards for Large Campaign Partner of the Year.
AARP Tax-Aide volunteers were named Partner of the Year for their collaborative efforts to expand free tax preparation services to taxpayers across the county. Volunteers were honored for their dedication to providing this essential service in Williamson County. In collaboration with United Way tax volunteers and AARP Tax-aide volunteers provided assistance to low-to-moderate income clients at sites in Cedar Park, Georgetown, Hutto, Leander, Round Rock and Taylor as well as mobile outreach locations in Liberty Hill and Jarrell. Together, tax volunteers completed 4,111 returns and helped clients claim $5.75 million in refunds in the most recent tax season.