'SL's answer to the United Way'
The 2003-2004 Storm Lake Community Chest campaign is off and running and looking forward to another prosperous year.
The 2002-2003 campaign successfully met its $55,000 goal and divided those funds between 18 local agencies. Since the goal was met last year, the Community Chest executive board has decided to raise the bar this year and has set the fundraising goal at $60,000. The campaign began in September and runs throughout the year until August.
"It's (the Community Chest) Storm Lake's answer to the United Way," Jan Railsback, Community Chest executive board secretary said. "We prefer to keep the funds in Storm Lake. We follow the idea that families and businesses can give one gift that will help all these agencies, so each of the agencies doesn't have to go out and knock on everyone's door."
This year, funds from the campaign go to the following community agencies:
* Diabetes Foundation (BV Regional Medical Center)
* Food For Life (Lakeside Presbyterian Church)
* Gingerbread House
* Storm Lake Girls' Softball / Storm Lake Baseball Assoc.
* Storm Lake Swim Team
* Council Against Domestic Violence
* Court Appointed Special Advocates
* Boy Scouts
* Storm Lake CommUNITY Ed Youth Recreation and Soccer
* Lutheran Family Services
* Lutheran Services of Iowa
* Tornado Learning Club
* Salvation Army
* Genesis Development
Those wishing to donate to the 2003-2004 Community Chest can do so through the special envelope that was included in the Advertising Guide or by sending donations to Northwest Federal Savings Bank or the Storm Lake Chamber of Commerce. Donations can be made directly or pledged throughout the year. Many local businesses also offer payroll deductions and matching funds options for the campaign. Donations can be made to the campaign in any amount, and community members are encouraged to give whatever amount they are able to.
"We haven't turned anyone away," Railsback said.
The Community Chest campaign is imperative to the success of many agencies throughout the Storm Lake community.
"First of all I'd like to thank people for their generous donations last year," Railsback said. "Those agencies are still in need of your help, and we ask that you donate again this year. It is vital to these agencies that we support them."
For more information about the Community Chest campaign, contact one of the executive board members, Charlie Larson, Rick Kimball, Wayne Higley, Sharon Eddy, Bob Bennett or Jan Railsback.