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Cottage Delivers Successful Campaign

"Commit Today to United Way"...a very appropriate theme since that is exactly what Cottage Health System employees did during their United Way Campaign, under the amazing leadership of Patrice Ryan, who assembled a strong and dedicated Campaign Committee. Kevin Nelson, Director of Corporate Compliance/Privacy Officer, chaired the campaign this year. He was such a passionate and tenacious advocate who attended all 25 department presentations! His enthusiasm was contagious which encouraged more than 560 Cottage employees in joining him to raise $169,385 - an increase of 9.3% over last year! Kevin and the Cottage employees also donated their time during our summer Fun in the Sun program, where they hosted tours for all four sites and participated in Lunch Bunch. 
The campaign kicked off with a video of Kevin delivering a message of what commitment means to him and why he took on the responsibility of Chairperson. Members of the Campaign Committee provided a humorous ending to the video and the fun continued throughout the weeks with an ice cream social, raffles and a thank you breakfast. Kevin's time, effort and success-driven ambition was especially remarkable and United Way is very fortunate to have had him at the helm! 

The County Celebrates the Community

The County of Santa Barbara and its employees "Celebrated Our Community" in a big way this year by raising over $208,000 during their Charitable Giving Campaign. The community themed campaign was chaired by Ben Romo, County Executive Director for First 5 of Santa Barbara. Mr. Romo and the campaign committee brought loads of enthusiasm and energy to the campaign which saw a 10% increase in employee participation.  The Steering Committee and Department Representatives banded together to produce many mouth-watering fundraising events including a Santa Maria style BBQ, bake sales, coffee grams, and food truck appearances by Georgia's Smokehouse and the Burger Bus. Employees can often be found volunteering for Fun in the Sun, Day of Caring, and other programs throughout the year. The County of Santa Barbara was most recently honored at United Way's 2014 Red Feather Ball for their outstanding leadership and commitment in serving Santa Barbara County residents.  

UPS Makes a Big Impact

Under the leadership of Jason Cheung, the local United Postal Service (UPS) site and its employees raised $23,022 during their United Way Campaign. This year, the campaign featured Friday with United Way, where UPS team members were able to meet a variety of United Way staff and to learn more in depth about United Way of Santa Barbra County's initiatives and impact in the local community. UPS team members have also been exceptional volunteers, participating in Fun in the Sun at Franklin and Cleveland Elementary Schools. Thank you to UPS for all of your support and investment in our community.

AGIA isn't Afraid to Give

AGIA was in full Halloween mode for this year’s United Way Campaign at their Carpinteria Headquarters! …starting with their theme, “Don’t be Afraid to Give!” The campaign is cleverly managed by Pat Card and starts with a Kick-off that includes a heartfelt message from John Wigle, Chairman & CEO who sits on the United Way of Santa Barbara County Board of Directors and is a great advocate of our many much-needed programs that benefit our community. He even matches the employee contribution of his company by 50%!  October 29th “Wicked Wednesday”, was full of fun events such as a Dunk Tank where employees dunked John and other managers, a bucket of “creepy stuff”, pumpkin carving contest, apple bobbing and more. The campaign wrapped-up on Halloween. Costumed employees enjoyed a pizza lunch and the good news that they had collectively raised $73,077.65 including the match. Truly, AGIA fulfills their mission of “making a difference in the community!”

The Morrill Family Library

Maya is a peppy 5-year old who loves the color magenta and her Chihuahua Ty-Ty.  Maya's mom is Lisa Morrill, a UCSB employee.  Three years ago, Lisa signed Maya up for the Dolly Parton Imaginiation Library Program that is offered through United Way.  She loved seeing her daughter's excitement each month when a new book came in the mail, addressed directly to her.  Maya would run to her mom and ask if they could read the book together-something that has become a mother/daughter bedtime ritual.

Maya and her mom recently stopped by the United Way offices, and then were off to the Goleta Library.  Lisa said, "the Dolly Parton Imagination Library got us interested in having a book collection of our own.  It's wonderful that Maya is developing a love of words and reading."

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