The city of Killeen added $150,715 to the United Way of the Greater Fort Hood Area’s coffers with a recent donation from city employees.
“Every day we serve the community with our hands, but this is a chance to serve the community with our hearts,” said city spokeswoman Hilary Shine, during a check presentation Tuesday.
Shine said city employees band together around a common goal every year: “Serve the United Way who serves the community.”
“Every year, Team Killeen rallies around the employee United Way campaign for the purpose of giving back to our community,” she said. “This year was a big year for us.”
Shine said the goal was to match city
employees’ record-setting donation of $133,739 that it contributed to the organization last year.
“From personal pledges to supporting fundraising events, employee participation was overwhelming,” she said. “The result will be a tremendous impact on the community we serve.”
Eloise Lundgren, United Way board president, said the organization is “so very grateful” for the city’s contribution.
“The city of Killeen employees are to be commended,” she said. “What a huge amount of money. I think it shows what great energy, what great enthusiasm and how kind and generous the employees of the city are. My hat goes off to them. We are so grateful to the city of Killeen for their generosity.”
Lundgren said the city’s donation will “go a long way” in providing aid to the 24 area agencies that fall under the United Way’s umbrella.
Shine, who also serves as secretary on the organization’s board, said the city
of Killeen has been the United Way’s
largest donor the past two years and contributed more than $100,000 annually since 2009.
All funds raised are from employees, Shine said.
“We have great employees and the United Way is near and dear to our hearts,” City Manager Glenn Morrison said. “To raise $150,000 coming straight from the employees is really saying something special. I think it highlights what dedicated service everyday for everyone looks like.”
The city began its annual United Way Campaign in 1994 and to-date has raised more than $1 million.