2013 United Way Donations Will Help The Community

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The $10,035,519 raised in 2013 by thousands of Eastern Iowans will go a long way in helping community members improve their lives and create successful futures for all.

“It’s great to see how the community has come together this year and has already pledged over $10 million for the seventh year in a row,” said Campaign Chair Ron Olson, president of Paulson Electric/PEC Communications. “These dollars will go a long way in making this community great for all.”

Donations will help us reach our three community goals. By 2020 we intend to:

  • Increase the number of children who are on track developmentally and academically by 4th grade by 30%.
  • Increase the number of financially stable households by 15 %.
  • Improve the social connectedness and mental health functioning of low-income adults by 10%.

In addition United Way works with many community partners and together we have helped the community access these additional dollars:

  • FamilyWize Prescription Assistance – $203,963
  • Free tax prep refunds and credits $7,388,593
  • Summer Meals expansion $179,520
  • Medicaid reimbursement for assessments $17,000
  • Non-campaign grants – $184,102
  • Kids on Course – $350,000
  • Legislative funds for career pathways and workforce education, $1,713,514
  • Book discounts and in-kind $12,115
  • With our partners we have helped the community access these additional dollars. Almost $9.7 million!
  • Volunteer hours valued at $1,925,737; This is 86,980 hours volunteered in our community.

Ron Olson and United Way made the announcement at a Dec. 12, 2013, campaign event at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Cedar Rapids.


Thank you to our sponsors of this event:


Shive Hattery

A special thank you to DoubleTree by Hilton.

Our Presentation

More highlights:

One of the ways we encouraged new people to join  by the Union and Union Contractors $55,000 Grant Challenge.

This challenge grant helped us bring on 2,121 new donors, 375 donors who increased to $52, and 33 new labor leadership giving society members.

Ten loaned executives helped us with the campaign this year! 

Eighty-eight new companies ran campaigns this year.

Benchmark, Inc. and US Bank ran pacesetter campaigns and raised more than $140,000.

Rockwell Collins and Transamerica and their employees pledged over $1 million each.

General Mills and the Hall-Perrine Foundation and employees pledged more than half a million each.

100 percent participation in United Way campaign

Congratulations to Our Company Coordinators of the Year
Finance: Laurie Wahlert, Guaranty Bank & Trust Co.
Manufacturing: Brenda Trentz, J-TEC Associates, Inc.
Services: Becky Kelley, Enterprise Rent-a-Car
Wholesale/Retail: Ashley Levitt, Erb’s Technology Solutions
Accounting/CPAs: Dawn Pershy, McGladrey & Pullen, LLP
Contractors: Matt Huber, Modern Companies, Inc.
Education: Campaign Committee, Kirkwood Community College
Government: Joy Huber and Stacy Mason, City of Cedar Rapids
Labor: Geri Emig and Chuck Welsh, Smulekoff’s Furniture
Legal: Juli Goto, Simmons Perrine Moyer Berman PLC
National Companies: Ron Pins, Wells Fargo
Nonprofit: Molly Gansen, Horizons: A Family Service Alliance
House Account: Campaign Committee, Alliant Energy

World Class Industries, Inc., was recognized as the Small Business of the Year

World Class Industries is a relative newcomer to the United Way Workplace Campaign scene. This year they stepped up by running a full-fledged campaign, providing a generous corporate gift, hosting special events for employees to become more familiar with United Way and supporting our initiatives with grants from their Donor Advised Fund at the community foundation.  Thanks to Pat Cobb and his team.


Whirlpool-Amana was recognized as the Large Business of Year

Whirlpool employees understand the need and are a driving force behind the services offered outside of the Cedar Rapids Metro area.  Year after year not only do their gifts continue to increase but also do the number of employees who participate.  This is thanks to the dedicated support of established group of Campaign Committee members who put on fundraisers, coordinate campaign events and even make one-on-one asks of their co-workers.


Shuttleworth & Ingersoll PLC was recognized as the Most Creative Campaign

Shuttleworth & Ingersoll is one of the campaigns that often serve as the example for a group that knows how to have fun while supporting the cause.  This year is no exception.  The co-chairs completed a successful campaign around a fiesta theme that kept the fun rolling with coin wars, candy grams, and other special themed events and contests.

CRST International Inc. was recognized for the largest percent increase.

From the beginning CRST set a 2013 goal of increasing their campaign by 25%. By the time their campaign was complete they increased by nearly 53% for a total gift of $168,053.59! Over the past five years their campaign has seen an increase of nearly $100,000. The credit for this support is in large part due to the leadership at CRST and their belief in the importance of giving back to the community, not only in financial gifts by also by giving of their time.

Ready Wireless was recognized as the Newcomer of the Year

The Ready Wireless went all in on their first campaign. In fact, they were the first to be completed in the 2013 campaign. The Ready Wireless team held a fantastic first campaign rising over $11,000 and having over 40% of their staff participate. In addition to the typical campaign activities they held a food drive that brought in 168 lbs of food for families in need. Thank you for joining us on the campaign trail and congratulations on a successful first campaign.

We again were able to present prizes this year, thanks to Hawkeye Convenience Stores, Smulekoff’s, and Whirlpool. Find videos of the winners here.

CRST International, Inc. and employees was recognized with this year’s Spirit Award

CRST, its leadership, and employees have a long standing reputation for supporting efforts to improve our community. In addition to United Way, they support local arts organizations like the National Czech & Slovak Museum and Library, Junior Achievement and dozens of other organization and institutions that help make this community a better place to work and live. CRST’s gifts to the community does not stop with financial gifts, their leadership team serves on numerous boards and committees throughout the community. The United Way and the Cedar Rapids community as a whole is fortunate to have such a community minded company international company at our doorstep. CRST truly exhibits the exceptional philanthropic commitment and community involvement to be the ideal candidate of the United Way Spirit Award.


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