United Way kicks off $2.5M campaign

by Emmitt B. Feldner of The Review staff


United Way campaign co-chairs Kristin Abell (left, above) and Dave Bolland pass out books to Salvation Army Child Care Center students at the close of Thursday's 2013 Campaign Kickoff breakfast. After Bolland and Abell (right, below) announced the campaign goal, new United Way Executive Director Jon Doll sang an original song, "Reach Out." — Review photos by Emmitt B. Feldner United Way campaign co-chairs Kristin Abell (left, above) and Dave Bolland pass out books to Salvation Army Child Care Center students at the close of Thursday's 2013 Campaign Kickoff breakfast. After Bolland and Abell (right, below) announced the campaign goal, new United Way Executive Director Jon Doll sang an original song, "Reach Out." — Review photos by Emmitt B. Feldner PLYMOUTH – A record turnout for the kickoff breakfast of the United Way of Sheboygan County 2013 campaign heard the campaign chairs set a lofty $2.5 million goal for the campaign.

More than 200 people attended the kickoff breakfast at Plymouth’s Generations Center, enjoying music from Plymouth High School’s Junge Kameraden German band.

Campaign co-chairs Dave Bolland of Plymouth Foam and Kristin Abell of Lakeshore Technical College announced the goal for the coming campaign.

“I’ve had a lot of people come up to me and say ‘You really have a tough job, a tall order,’” Bolland related. “But the really hard work is being done out there in the agencies (supported by United Way). We want to take that heart and passion, put our heart and passion in that, and take this campaign further than (our goal).”

“We’re certainly all on the same page as far as what we’re doing,” Abell added. “We want to have a quality community and we want to provide quality services. We’re all family and can do so much more working together to strengthen our community.”

“The need is year-round,” Bolland told the audience. “We need to increase our engagement with the community. The other key part is that the need is local. It is on our street, in our communities, right here, not something you see on television.”

Both chairs visited the United Way-supported agencies as part of their preparation for the campaign, and Bolland pointed out a key difference between private sector companies and public service agencies.

Citing his visit to Safe Harbor in Sheboygan, Bolland noted that the shelter for women and children has a goal of getting to zero beds. “In business, you don’t have to think about ways to make your service irrelevant and unnecessary. That’s impressive.”

New United Way Executive Director Jon Doll, a Sheboygan native, kicked off the meeting by noting his new job, replacing the late Bill Weissert, is a homecoming for him.

“I am blessed to be back in my hometown. Very few people get the opportunity to return to their roots after being gone for many years. I am blessed to be able to reinvest in the community that gave so much to me,” Doll commented.


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