Barry County United Way kickoff of the 2016 with the theme, “I Live United, Do You?” was a rousing event, with information about what a donation, even the cost of a cup of coffee a week, or a night out once a month, can do to help Barry County residents to a better quality of life.
“It doesn’t take a lot,” BCUW Executive Director Lani Forbes said. “We need to do it together, it takes a little from all of us.” This year’s goal is $600,000, which will equal last year’s efforts, which resulted in 79,609 requests through 36 programs. The goal set for businesses and corporations that have completed their campaign drives was $100,000. Forbes announced the goal was met and surpassed, realizing $102,325.
A centerpiece of the event was a stirring four-part performance of “Home of the Brave” by the Hastings High School Marching Band led by Director Spencer White. The prayer was delivered by Pastor Mark Payne; guest speaker was Wes Vanderwilk, a Thornapple Parks & Recreation volunteer. Immediately after the kickoff Sept. 15, hundreds of volunteers fanned out in the county for the
Day of Caring, assigned to work on a wide variety of community improvement projects.
Photo (top left) Guest speaker at the BCUW kickoff was Wes Vanderwilk, volunteer with the Thornapple Area Parks & Recreation Authority.
Replacing the grout at the entrance of the Lakeview Cemetery mausoleum in Nashville are volunteers (from left) Mike Lake, David Blair and Sally Ledbetter.
Day of Caring volunteer Neil Wendorf mans the power sprayer cleaning the approach to the Lakeview Cemetery mausoleum while fellow volunteers, Paul DunKlee scrubs with a brush and Brian Gordon supervises.
The Hastings High School Marching Band puts on an awesome performance of its four-part presentation of “Home of the Brave” at the United Way Campaign Kickoff.
A line of drummers facing the crowd at the BCUW Kickoff set a rousing tempo for the Hastings High School Marching Band’s performance.