United Way of Greater Houston has kicked off its 2011-2012 campaign season with a goal of raising $77 million for a wide array of programs in a five-county area.
"Houston's ability to grow and thrive depends on a new generation equipped to compete on a national and global level," United Way campaign chairman Rich Kruger told nearly 1,500 enthusiatic volunteers at the kick off rally at Minute Maid Park. "And, United Way is working to make sure our children can be successful and have the opportunity to realize their dreams."
In addition to educational support for area children through mentoring, child care, and other programs, United Way of Greater Houston assists seniors; those affected by domestic or substance abuse, job loss, natural disaster, and other emergencies; and families.
"What we do now determines the future," United Way of Greater Houston president and CEO Anna Babin told the enthusiastic crowd. "And, United Way is here for families who need us because you're here for United Way."
The event also signaled the beginning of the 20th annual United Way Days of Caring crusade: Over the next several months, thousands of employee volunteers from area companies will participate in a host of service projects.
To see how you can get involved, visit the United Way of Greater Houston website.