Every April as the tulips are set to bloom United Way staff, Board Members, business and non-profit partners, local government officials and community leaders convene at the Swinomish Lodge.  We come together to celebrate our collective success, recognize key partners and focus our efforts to create the best possible future for our children and grandchildren.

I am inspired by the kind, talented and forward-thinking people who attend this event every year.  As we prepare for the 2019 Celebration, I can’t help but think of Ghandi who said “Be the change you want to see in the world”.   When we come together around well thought out collaborative plans and take action we go beyond good intentions.  We become the change we want to see.

And that’s where we are.  We are at the precipice of truly coordinating systems and programs to best serve and reach those who need us most.  The most vulnerable and valuable of resources – our children and grandchildren – will be prepared because we are ready as a community to make sure that every child has a shot at success in school and life.  It’s an exciting time, and we need everyone to make it happen.

At The Celebration this year, we’ll be recognizing key partners in this effort.  PACCAR Technical Center receives United Way’s most prestigious workplace award with the Spirit of United Way Award.  The Sustainable Partner Award goes to Population Health Trust for their work on the First 1,000 Days Report – a guiding light for United Way’s work moving forward.  United Steel Workers Local 12-951 receives the Extra Mile Award for stepping up as an organization and individual members to be a part of the change.

At the event we’ll be celebrating Pacesetter Organizations who take the lead in fundraising efforts with United Way.  2018-19 Pacesetter organizations are the foundation of changing conditions for the common good:

  • Anacortes School District
  • Burlington-Edison School District Employees
  • Marathon Employees and Foundation
  • Mount Vernon School District Employees
  • Peoples Bank Employees
  • Sedro-Woolley School District Employees
  • Shell Puget Sound Refinery, Employees, and Foundation
  • Banner Bank Employees and Corporate
  • Skagit County Government Employees
  • S. Bank Foundation and U.S. Bank Employees
  • United Way of Skagit County Staff and Board

This is an exciting time, and I could not be more proud of the work United Way does, and all of those who join in the collaborative efforts to create – to be – the change we want to see in the Skagit county.

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