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United Way of Southwest Louisiana opens 2013 fundraising campaign

Last Modified: Thursday, August 29, 2013 6:04 PM

By Justin Phillips / American Press

Superman, Catwoman and a few other cape-wearing heros gathered in the Civic Center’s Buccaneer Room Thursday morning for the annual United Way of Southwest Louisiana kickoff breakfast.

Even though Catwoman didn’t look capable of pulling off an elaborate jewel heist and Superman was even less likely to leap over a tall building, it was the thought that counted as the United Way began its 2013 fundraising campaign with a theme of “Be a United Way Superhero.”

With dozens of company representatives and several regional political figures in attendance, including Mayor Randy Roach, the event highlighted the fundraising goal for 2013 — $4 million.

The United Way of Southwest Louisiana intends to distribute the funds to 34 local agencies, eventually reaching over 100,000 people in the region. The agencies focus on varying topics including health, education, financial stability and crisis management.

Campaign Chair Robert Gelinas, decked out in a cape and the makeshift ability to fly, said the event is about building energy and excitement for the new campaign.

“The level of energy here today was really good, people seemed to really be ready for the new year,” Gelinas said. “Having these events is important. It’s a great way to start the new season.”

Gelinas said that with 16.5 percent of its goal already met, the United Way is in a better position financially than last year. The existing donations come from “Pacesetters” companies, companies that completed their campaigns with their employees prior to Thursday’s event.

“We’re ahead of the previous year’s pace and that’s a great sign,” Gelinas said. “Hopefully we’ll inspire people to go back to work or to church and talk about the United Way and what we’re doing.”

Posted By: Anna Helen Wagonhouser On: 8/30/2013

Title: Stop the Insanity

It's that time of the year again. No, not football season. It's that time of year when United Way campaigners show up in our work place begging for our hard earned dollars. While giving to charitable organizations is great, I don't want my employer to put people in front of me where I work asking for part of my paycheck. Nor do I want my employer to bring in preachers or priests from the surrounding area asking me to attend church. I do these things because I want to, and I feel it is right. What isn't right is bringing these people into the work place and offer us a pizza or a parking spot for giving our "fair share". Our work places should be free of this type of cohersion. When your boss says, "Give", employees feel the pressure to do just that. We shouldn't be gathered into a room at work with a donation basket being passed around. Give, Advocate, and Volunteer on your own time. Don't come to my work place and ask this of me. It's not the place.

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