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City Manager's Message: United Way Campaign

Posted on October 18, 2016 at 2:25 PM by Mary Bunting

Dear Fellow City Employees,

One of the things that makes Hampton so special is our great City work force. I have often remarked about how the work you do every day impacts the lives of our citizens and how they feel about where they live. As public servants, you understand better than most the great need that exists in our community, region, state and nation. You also understand that government alone cannot address all of the social, health, educational and physical needs our citizens. We depend on others - especially those who work in non-profits - to help advance the work that government cannot do. 

I reflect on this as we kick off the 2016 United Way campaign. The United Way provides an opportunity for individuals to provide charitable donations through payroll deduction, making contributions easier to manage. The United Way also does a thorough review of organizations they support, ensuring the programs' stated outcomes are indeed being advanced through the work of the organization. This level of review can provide comfort that the dollars being donated are being put to good use. And, the United Way provides a convenient means of targeting your donations if there are organizations you already know you want to support.

As we kick off the campaign, I encourage you to join in improving lives and strengthening our community through United Way of the Virginia Peninsula. NO donation is too small. Together, our workforce can make an incredible difference in the lives of many who needs services or support beyond that which government provides. 

I have no doubt that we all have been impacted by one of the United Way agencies whether directly or indirectly. For more than 75 years, United Way of the Virginia Peninsula has been here for our community, in good times and bad, throughout the circle of our lives. Generations of Hamptonians have looked to United Way for help and hope because United Way transforms individual lives and brings long-lasting, systemic change to tough issues, like family financial stability, education, health concerns and the quality of life for returning veterans, just to name a few.

Your department representative is currently distributing pledge forms.  Last year the campaign was a great success.  Together, we pledged close to $67,000 and had a 31% participation rate!  Our goal this year is to repeat and build on that success. To thank you for your donation, we will have prize drawings at the conclusion of the campaign. 

If you have any questions about this year’s campaign, please do not hesitate to contact this year’s Campaign Leader, Assistant City Manager Laura Fitzpatrick.


Mary Bunting

City Manager


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