By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The United Way drive in a community speaks volumes about the giving nature of a community. The 2011 Metro United Way drive showcased once again the charitable nature of our neighbors. An impressive 80,000 people donated to the campaign, and coupled with more than 500 businesses who contributed, the drive totaled $27.8 million, $300,000 more than the 2011 campaign.
Contributions came from people in all seven counties served by the Metro United Way – Jefferson, Bullitt, Oldham and Shelby in Kentucky and Harrison, Floyd and Clark in Indiana. Those contributions will touch nearly 400,000 people as they will help fund 150 programs with 90 organizations.
Clearly, this drive contributes greatly to the well being of a community and all who contributed deserve a big thank you. Special thanks to top corporate giver UPS who led all business campaigns with nearly four million.
Our WAVE 3 Call to Help drive for tornado relief in Kentucky and Indiana has surpassed $450,000. Thank you as well for those donations that will help rebuild lives as well.
Louisville mayor Greg Fisher hopes 55,000 people take part in the community's "Give a Day" volunteer week April 15-22 that would set a world record and I wouldn't be surprised if that happens. Your giving efforts are world class so this would be fitting.