Mission Statement: Washington County Gives was created to promote and enhance the culture of giving across our great county and its communities. Our purpose is to help support and progress our neighborhoods and the people of this county through a centralized day of giving and celebration. This collaboration is to help broaden the reach of our member organizations and their abilities to benefit the county and its people.
The first annual Washington County Gives Day was a rousing success, according to Bob Coffey and Ryan Palmer, co-chairs of the event. The Blair Area Community Foundation and the Blair Area Chamber of Commerce combined forces to raise $51,396.49 for local non-profit organizations on a single day of giving on November 28, 2017.
“One thing we were really pleased to see was the diversity of giving,” said Palmer. “Sixty-six different organizations received donations. We processed 376 donations that day.”
Coffey added, “You’ll notice that the grand total is an odd amount. One of the reasons for that is kids became excited about giving and choosing where their own donations could go. Some kids actually opened their piggy banks to give whatever change they had.”
Six lucky organizations also received bonus awards. Winners were drawn throughout the day on social media and KBLR local radio station. The day was divided into two-hour time blocks. Each organization receiving any donation during a time block was put into a drawing for a bonus of $500 provided by six corporate sponsors:
- Blair Area Community Foundation, Taylor Oil Company
- Blair Area Law Enforcement Trust, Cargill
- Roots to Wings, Ahead of the Curve Salon
- TeamMates Mentoring Program of Blair, Heartland Dentistry
- Washington County Performing Arts, Hansen Chiropractic Wellness Center
- Washington County Historical Association, Blair Eye Associates
Washington County Gives is a single day of giving on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. It is designed to highlight the non-profit agencies and organizations throughout the county that have had a positive impact on the quality of life enjoyed by its residents.
“We’re looking forward to next years’ event,” said Coffey. “We have already been approached by businesses and individuals who want to play a significant role in making Washington County Gives even bigger.”