Kenlyn T. Gretz, the president and CEO of Americollect, Inc., in Manitowoc, Wis., is serving as the 2015 United Way Manitowoc County Campaign Chairman and is helping lead the organization’s fundraising and community involvement efforts this year. Gretz accepted the post in April when he became a member of the United Way Board and will serve as campaign chairman through the official conclusion of the United Way campaign in March 2016.
As campaign chairman for United Way Manitowoc County, Gretz pledged a donation of $5,000 and is also focusing on reaching out to other individual donors, attending events of companies supporting United Way and getting a group of local CEOs together to embrace the organization’s corporate and leadership giving from a business sense.
“Together we can build a campaign to help United Way impact those families that need help,” Gretz said in his inaugural speech as campaign chairman. “You know that United Way is going to make sure that money is spent as wisely as possible with their impact model of giving.”
United Way is trying to raise $872,000 through the end of January.
“We think we can get there,” he said in an interview with the Manitowoc Herald Times. “We have a lot more businesses excited about getting engaged with the community, that’s really important. But I also think that what’s important is that the community is understanding the change United Way went through, which is more of a return on investment.”
United Way is using a Collective Impact Model requiring non-profit program organizations seeking financial support to write a grant and record for the money they are requesting, according to the article.
According to a news release from United Way, the organization’s grant dollars focus on three areas that build a strong community: education to assist children and youth in achieving their potential; income in order to promote financial stability and independence; and improving the health of youth and adults.
Last year, program partners received funds to improve children’s literacy, help adults find employment in the community and improve safety for victims of domestic violence, according to the Manitowoc Herald Times.
“The United Way Manitowoc County facilitates the collaboration of quality programs to make our community a better place to live,” Gretz said after his announcement as campaign chairman. “United Way deserves our ever-increasing respect as the nonprofit of choice to donate, to volunteer, and to look to as a champion in developing a county-wide approach of care, involvement, and giving.”
Americollect supports United Way through company volunteering and fundraisers and is continuing that support with Gretz as campaign chairman.
In April, company employees joined in the United Way Day of Caring/Comcast Cares Day to help create a community garden in Manitowoc.
On Sept. 26, the company has teams participating in the Caveman Adventure Run 5K obstacle course, which is one of the major fundraisers for United Way Manitowoc County.
Americollect started its fundraising for United Way before the organization’s official kickoff in August to help establish momentum for other companies and individuals in the community to extend their support. The company is a Pacesetter for United Way because of its model efforts in corporate and employee giving.
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