By CITIZEN STAFF
FORT HALL – United Way of Southeastern Idaho held its 2012-2013 campaign kickoff last week at the new Shoshone Bannock Hotel in Fort Hall.
This year’s campaign goal is $630,000, although last year some $660,000 was raised, said Robin Nelson, resource development/campaign coordinator for the nonprofit agency. It includes seven Southeastern Idaho counties, including Franklin.
“We would like to get more involvement from Franklin County in terms of volunteers and also board members,” she said. UWSEI serves various agencies in the county, such as the Girl Scouts, but currently has no board representation from Franklin County.
“Bingham County has an advisory committee that gets together regularly to see how they can support United Way efforts in their county,” Nelson said of one county’s efforts.
Campaign chair Gene Wiggers spoke about the agency and the importance of volunteerism, a cause he has embraced strongly since being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer nearly 20 years ago, Nelson said.
“He talked about some of the wonderful things people have been able to do in our region,” Nelson said. She cited his example of how volunteers were able to relocate an entire town when the American Falls Reservoir was developed.
“What is raised here stays here,” she said of contributions. The national United Way is celebrating 125 years while the local chapter is 58 years old and headquartered in Pocatello.
“We want to change the world, but start here and keep it local,” Nelson said. “You can do more together than individually.”
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