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Goose Poop 5K Challenge - benefiting Success by 6 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 July 2011 12:06

The inaugural Goose Poop 5K Challenge benefiting United Way of the Wabash Valley’s early childhood education initiative – Success by 6, will take place on Saturday, November 5, 2011 at Hawthorn Park located in Terre Haute, IN. This unique, family-friendly, fun event won’t be your “normal” 5K (3.1 miles) run. Participants will be encouraged to run in teams (2 runners per team) and will have to maneuver over, under or through various obstacles that will be placed along the course, including all that goose poop!

Awards will be given out to the top finishers in unique team categories, such as: Father/Son, Mother/Daughter, Husband/Wife, Co-Ed, Male Team, Female Team, etc. Top individual awards will also be given out.

A Kids Challenge Race (ages 4-10) will also take place prior to the 5K (starting at 9 AM). Distance and “challenges” for the Kids Challenge Race are still to-be-determined.

All participants will receive a finisher’s medal and be invited to the post-race party where lunch will be served.

The Goose Poop 5K Challenge will be marketed as a unique family-friendly event. We plan to use social media sites to let people know of this event. The Wabash Valley Roadrunners organization will also distribute information/fliers to various running groups in Indiana and in Illinois.

United Way Worldwide and the NFL have partnered in the program called “Play 60” which encourages children to lead an active lifestyle and to perform some type of physical activity for an hour each day. The Goose Poop 5K Challenge and Kids Challenge Race helps to promote that positive physical activity.

We feel this is a great opportunity for area businesses and other organizations to be part of an event that could become a community tradition. We expect to attract 400-450 people from all over the regional area.

Please check out the race website at or “like” the race on Facebook at “Goose Poop 5K benefiting United Way of the Wabash Valley”.

United Way hosting pilot campaign kickoff PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 08 July 2011 11:59

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College will host the United Way of the Wabash Valley Pilot Campaign Kickoff Wednesday, July 13th, in the Le Fer Ballroom at 10 a.m.

The Pilot Campaign Kickoff will mark the beginning of the United Way of the Wabash Valley's 2011 Campaign. The campaign goal and the pilot companies will be announced at the event.

The announcement of the 2011 goal is very exciting for United Way and its 36 community partners.

Last year was the first year in more than 10 years that United Way of the Wabash Valley was able to reach its goal of $1.8 million.

"I am determined to continue the momentum from last year and reach this year's goal," 2011 Campaign Chair Bernice of Coldwell Banker Troy Helman said.

Rick Burger of Duke Energy will lead the Pilot Campaign this year and is encouraged by the number of companies who have stepped up to be pilot companies.

The Pilot Company Campaign is composed of an exclusive group of companies that are dedicated to the community.

"The Pilot Companies run their campaigns early allowing them to lead by example for the companies that run their campaigns during the overall fall campaign," Burger said.

Books and fluffy friends: Nearly 1,500 stuffed animals report to be Reading Buddies PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 May 2011 19:50

TERRE HAUTE — SpongeBob and George Jetson were ready to be read to Wednesday afternoon, waiting for assignment to an elementary school “Reading Buddy.”

Nearly 1,500 stuffed animals filled the conference room of the Vigo County School Corp., as United Way of the Wabash Valley officials prepared them for dispensing to local first-graders.

Superintendent Dan Tanoos noted the strong relationship between the two entities, particularly in recent years since former Terre Haute South Vigo High School principal Troy Fears became executive director of the local United Way.

United Way Launches Reading Buddies Program PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 14:50

Kids_reading_with_buddiesTerre Haute – United Way of the Wabash Valley is collecting new stuffed animals from local businesses, groups and churches. The animals will be given to area first graders as part of a new program called Reading Buddies.

This May, first graders at local elementary schools will receive a stuffed animal – a Reading Buddy – to read to during guided reading in the classroom and free time. At the end of the school year, the students will take their Buddies home with them to encourage further reading at home with their families.

From preschoolers to high school students, United Way of the Wabash Valley is working to ensure that the next generation is equipped with the skills to succeed in school and in life. “The Reading Buddies program is part of United Way of the Wabash Valley’s focus on education by helping children and youth achieve their potential,” stated Troy Fears, Executive Director. Reading Buddies is a program within United Way’s Success by 6, which focuses on increasing school readiness and helping children succeed.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 April 2011 15:02

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