Living united: Wilkinson Corporation team pitches in to help the United Way of Central Washington

Jim Wilkinson making calls for the United Way

Jim Wilkinson making calls for the United Way

Eight Wilkinson Corporation (WC) team members spent the afternoon of February 8th at the United Way of Central Washington (UWCW) headquarters to learn more about UWCW and help in its campaign effort. The Wilkinson team and UWCW staff placed more than 200 calls to current and past donors to say, “thank you,” and encourage commitments for the coming campaign.

UWCW supports 69 programs sponsored by 55 different agencies throughout Yakima County and neighboring Kittitas County. In 2016, these programs served nearly 200,000 clients. The 2016-2017 campaign goal is $1.6 million. To date, $1.1 million has been raised.

“As I was pulling out of our office driveway to go to the United Way,” says Russ Wilkinson, WC founder, “I thought about the many deadlines and projects needing my attention. When I arrived at the UWCW ­office, however, I realized once again that the power of giving one’s time for the broader good is also great for business, and life in general! There is a time for work and play, and there is a time to help and give back, even as a corporate team. Getting out of our own element to see the needs around us is magical in how it changes our perspective. This process balances us in our corporate and personal life and brings clarity on big life decisions.”

David McKinney, vice president of investor relations and capital markets at WC and his wife, Amanda, are this year’s United Way Campaign Co-chairs. “We are very excited to chair this year’s United Way campaign,” said McKinney. “We are blessed with inspirational, selfless volunteers who strive daily to enrich the lives of their neighbors, doing God’s work, and loving every moment. Along with offering much needed financial support to local programs, the United Way helps insure the league of volunteers spends their time doing what matters most: forging great partnerships and cheering for the people they live to serve—including children, seniors, the disabled, veterans, and others. By Living United we all win. We are proud to support the efforts of neighbors helping neighbors.”