United Way Goal

The United Way Gold/Silver/Bronze Businesses for 2017 are pictured above. Seated (left to right) are Leslie Eckert, Sharon Harper, Rachel Miller, Rick Siemer, Peggy Valenti, Shanta Will and Nikki Bloemer. Standing are Marty Watson, Lynn Higgs, Lora Bergfeld, Courtney Bell, Monica Schumacher, Lisa Koerner, Katie Smithenry, Theresa Harner, Ali Habing, Patrick Kreke and Beth Funneman.

United Way of Effingham County raised $331,665 during its 2017 campaign.

This was announced at the annual meeting for the United Way of Effingham on February 5 at the Effingham Events Center in Effingham.

The campaign officially closed January 31, 2018. The 2017 goal was $305,000.

The winners of the 2017 Spirit of Caring Awards were announced, and the businesses were also honored who achieved Gold, Silver and Bronze status.

Stevens Industries was also recognized as the “Lead Pacesetter” company, while partner agencies and a review of the 2017 campaign were also highlighted.

The Spirit of Caring Awards recognize individuals and organizations that stand out, plus those who make an impact on the campaign and give countless hours to improve the quality of life in Effingham County.

Oneighty was named the 2017 Outstanding Volunteer. Darin Hansen and volunteers from Oneighty played a key role in creating the United Way campaign videos used for employee campaigns. They most recently helped with the production of the 2017 campaign video. Many hours were dedicated to interviewing and taping individuals to be featured in the video.

This campaign video is a great resource and is instrumental in the United Way employee campaigns to showcase business leaders and agencies, how United Way funds are used, and the impact donations to United Way have on the community.

Siemer Milling Company was named the 2017 Outstanding Organization. Throughout the years, Siemer Milling Company has been a big supporter of United Way. They began their first campaign in 1980, raising $500, and have grown their campaign throughout the years, raising over $20,000 with the most recent campaign.

In addition to the campaign, the 90 employees from the corporate office, located in Teutopolis, know how to raise money and have fun doing it through various fundraisers such as a luncheon, raffle, 50/50 drawing and other events.

In honor of their 135th year celebration, Siemer Milling Company gave each employee $135 to donate to the charity of their choice, with many choosing United Way. Their support shows throughout the years by attending and donating to United Way fundraising events, and by having a representative on the Board of Directors.

Marty Watson was named the 2017 Outstanding Board Member. Marty joined the United Way Board of Directors in 2016 representing Ameren. He has held various roles on the board, serving on the Grants Committee, Special Events Committee and the Campaign Committee.

Marty also served as vice president in 2017 and will serve as president for the current year. He has been instrumental in Ameren’s United Way campaign, raising over $31,000 with the most recent campaign.

Other business included seating seven new and renewing directors for the 2018 Board of Directors.

New members include Lisa Koerner, Stevens Industries; Cindy Grunloh, Crossroads Bank; and Tyler Semple, Heartland Dental.

Those serving another term include Kelsey Goeckner, Dieterich Bank; Peggy Valenti, Koerner Distributor; Lora Bergfeld, Midland States Bank; and Patty Greene, Thelma Keller Convention Center.

Special thanks were given to outgoing board members – Mike Defend, Crossroads Bank; Larry O’Dell, Community Member; and JR Elder, Stevens Industries, for their term on the board.

Pacesetter Companies were also recognized. They are companies that have conducted an employee campaign, made a corporate donation, and purchased a table at the United Way Gala. Over 85 percent of the annual campaign is generated from employee campaigns.

They include Agracel, Ameren, Consolidated Communications, Crossroads Bank, Dieterich Bank, Heartland Dental, HSHS St Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Koerner Distributor, Midland States Bank, Patterson Technology Center, Siemer Milling Company, Stevens Industries and Washington Savings Bank.

Gold, Silver and Bronze level plaques were presented to the businesses based on their campaign totals.

Gold level businesses, raising $10,000 or above include Agracel, Ameren, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Koerner Distributor, Midland States Bank, Patterson Technology Center, Siemer Milling Company and Stevens Industries.

Silver level businesses, raising $5,000-$9,999, include Dieterich Bank and Niemerg’s Steakhouse.

Bronze level businesses, raising $2,500-$4,999, include Fifth Third Bank, Wal-Mart, Washington Savings Bank and West and Company.

Other local businesses that conducted an employee campaign were also honored — Catholic Charities, Consolidated Communications, Continental Mills, Crossroads Bank, Effingham County employees, Federal Express, First Financial Bank of Newton, First National Bank of Waterloo, Heartland Dental, Hodgson Mill, John Boos & Company, Land of Lincoln Credit Union, RR Donnelley & Sons, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center, Senior Services of Effingham County, Sherwin Williams and United Fidelity Bank of St. Elmo.