• September 2018

United Way kicks off annual campaign

Sioux Empire United Way will kick off its 2019 Campaign on Sept. 18 at 3:30 p.m. at Harmony South Dakota, located in St. Joseph´s Cathedral School. This year´s fundraising campaign will support 86 local programs, impacting the lives of one in three people across the Sioux Empire.

"We are excited to host this year´s campaign Kickoff at Harmony, a program that started in 2014 through our Community Impact Grant funding process," said Chris Kray, 2019 Volunteer Campaign Chair. "The students of this after school music program are looking forward to showing us their program, sharing their tremendous talents with us and showing us what dedication, determination and hard work can produce."

Harmony South Dakota is just one of the 86 programs that will receive funds from Sioux Empire United Way with a successful campaign. Among the funded programs in the coming year are:

• Imagination Library – which provides a free book to more than 11,000 children in the Sioux Empire each month.

• Bright Start – a nurse home visitation program for expectant moms and moms with children under the age of three. Last year the program served more than 150 families.

• Céilí Cottage – adult day services in a home-like setting for individuals with Alzheimer´s or dementia; 22 individuals receive great care through the program.

"Our Sioux Empire United Way has a history of successful fundraising campaigns because of tremendous support from our business community and their employees," said Kray. "I believe as a community, we recognize that there are needs out there and the United Way funded programs are a great solution to help our neighbors and our community."

Sioux Empire United Way´s Kickoff Event will feature information about Harmony South Dakota and past United Way featured initiatives and will include a performance from Harmony Students. In addition, the 2019 campaign goal will be announced. The event is open to the public and free to attend. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. at 601 W. 4th St. and the program will start shortly after 4 p.m.

More information on the kickoff event and Sioux Empire United Way programs can be found at seuw.org.

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