The United Way of the Klamath Basin annual fund raising campaign drives include the United Way Community Campaign and the State of Oregon Employee Charitable Campaign. Contributions to United Way are accepted year-round. The 2020 Community Campaign raised $495,104 for 99% of our $500,000 goal. The 2021 campaign goal is $501,000 and is chaired by Amber Gomes, Community Relations Manager for Umpqua Bank..
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 is the official United Way Community Campaign kick off. Due to the surge of COVID-19 cases in the Klamath Basin during this time, the 76th annual campaign kickoff luncheon was cancelled. A comprehensive Community Campaign tabloid was published in the Herald and News on September 17th containing data on volunteers, pacesetter results, goals and United Way member agency program service information. Please contact the United Way at 541-882-5558 for more information.
Saturday, September 11, 2021 the 21st annual United Way Community Golf Challenge at Shield Crest Golf Course. Todd Andres, regional business manager for Pacific Power is chairman of the event. Corporate sponsors of the event include Pacific Power (Premier Sponsor), Klamath Energy, LLC, Umpqua Bank, Carter-Jones Collections Service, Collins Products, LLC, Sky Lakes Medical Center, eXp Realty, Pelican Tractor Company, Great Basin Insurance, Shasta Litho Printing, Lighthouse Yogurt Company, AAA Property Managerment, and Klamath Falls Toyota. Lithia Dodge sponsored the hole in one prize putting up a new 4 x 4 Ram truck–nobody won the truck but the United Way won by raising more than $9,000. Our thanks to the many businesses who put up raffle prizes and purchased Tee box signs. In addition to the above sponsors other prize donors included Harbor Links Golf Course, Shield Crest Golf Course, Running Y Golf Course, Lake Shastina Golf Course, Fiddler’s Green, Eagle Point Golf Course, Pappy Murphys, National Fitness & Racquet Club, Parker Rod & Gun Rack, Coming Attractions Theatre, YMCA, Diamond Home Improvement, Mia & Pia’s Pizzeria, Abby’s Pizza, and Main Street Jewelers.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 (12 noon to 1 p.m.)
United Way Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Event will be held on January 25, 2022. Reservations will be required and the final campaign results will be announced at this meeting along with the introduction of 2022 board officers.
The 2021 Community Campaign kicked off on September 7th with a goal to raise $501,000. Amber Gomes (pictured above) is serving as Campaign Chairperson. She is the Umpqua Bank Community Relations Manager, and also serves as First Vice President of our local United Way board of directors.
Volunteers have all been recruited to take part in the 2021 campaign team. Listed below are the leadership volunteers who will take part in the 2021 campaign effort. Please contact the United Way at 541-882-5558 if you wish to get involved.
To see the 2021 community campaign brochure, please click here.
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|2021 Campaign Leadership Team|
|Amber Gomes||Campaign Chairman|
|Juan Maldonado||Associate Campaign Chairman|
|Jenine Stuedli||Associate Campaign Chairperson|
|Sheri Hargrave||Pacesetter Chairperson|
|John Rayl||AG Chairman|
|Eric Rose||Major Firms Chairman|
|Brienne Humphrey||Corporate Gifts Chairman|
|Mychal Anos||Professional Div. Chairman|
|Todd Andres||Community Golf Challenge|
|Jeff Bullock||Public Sector Chairman|
|John & Ann Novak||Special Gifts Chairman|
|Daneen Dail||Small Business Division|
|Hannah Heaton||Commercial Division|
|Mel & Renee Ferguson||Leadership Giving KEY Club|
|Captain Brandon McGraw||Loaned Executive Chairman|
|Jeff Bullock||Klamath County Schools|
|Teri Leeper Taylor||Klamath Falls City Schools|
|Andrea Lassett||Klamath County Government|
|Nora Foster||United Way Agencies|
|SSgt. Andrew Nauman||Loaned Executive|
|Tsgt. Kevin Boozer||Loaned Executive|
|2021 Campaign Goals|
|Agriculture||John Rayl||$ 48,000|
|Commercial||Hannah Heaton||$ 41,000|
|Major Firms||Eric Rose||$163,000|
|Corporate Gifts||Brienne Humphrey||$ 48,000|
|Small Business||Daneen Dail||$ 6,200|
|Special Gifts||John & Ann Novak||$ 73,500|
|Public Employees||Jeff Bullock||$ 54,000|
|Professional||Mychal Anos||$ 61,300|
|Special Events–Golf Challenge||Todd Andres||$ 6,000|
|Klamath Basin Total||Lauren Jespersen||$ 501,000|
The United Way Loaned Executive Management Development program is vital to the overall success of the United Way Community Campaign. These special volunteers are responsible for raising about 60% of the campaign goal. Each executive volunteers between 15 and 20 hours during United Way’s nine-week fund drive. They attend a two-day training and learn about the United Way member agencies, their programs, and much about United Way’s operating policies and procedures. The loaned executives meet with CEO’s and give presentations to thousands of employees at their workplace. There is no charge to participate in the program.
This is an especially great learning opportunity for new managers or people new to Klamath County. The 2021 Loaned Executive Management Development program started on Wednesday, Sept. 1st and will conclude on Nov. 3rd. The following two loaned executive participants in the 2021 campaign are Tsgt. Kevin Bozgoz and SSgt. Andrew Nauman, both are with the Oregon Air National Guard at Kingsley Field. For more information on this program, please contact Leroy Cabral at United Way, 541-882-5558. Our thanks to these individuals and to Kingsley Field for their on-going outstanding support to our community. Loaned executives are vital to the success of our campaign.
Serving as the chairman of the 2021 Loaned Executive program is Captain Brandon McGraw
Captain Brandon McGraw
The United Way Leadership Giving KEY Club encourages annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the United Way. In 2020, there were 98 individuals who joined the KEY Club and contributed a total of $202,545 for an average gift of $2,067. While every gift to United Way is important and appreciated, leadership gifts are vital and represent more than 40% of United Way’s total campaign funds raised.
The 2021 KEY Club chairs are Mel & Renee Ferguson. Please view our Donors & Volunteers page for a 2020 membership listing.