|County employees give $285,968 to local non-profits
Sonoma County employees participated in the county’s 23rd annual combined fund drive in partnership with the United Way of the Wine Country. County employees raised $285,968 for 350 community non-profits, the highest level of giving since 2008.
Through the course of the last six years’ campaigns, Sonoma County employees have contributed more than $3.5 million to local non-profits.
“I want to thank our employees,” said Board Chairman David Rabbitt. “This level of giving is truly incredible and demonstrates the dedication and compassion we have in the County toward our community.”
This year’s theme was “Heart of Sonoma County” and built on employees’ public service to recognize and encourage financial contributions to critical community services.
“We saw an increase in the amount that employees contributed and in the number of employees participating. It is easy to be amazed by our employees when you consider their commitment to the community and generosity,” said County Counsel, Bruce Goldstein, who served as a 2013 campaign leader.
The campaign employed a social media approach, including a Facebook site that showcased the positive role of county employees in the community.
The site highlighted departmental fundraising events and posted photos and videos. Videos were produced that featured employees and the agencies that moved them to donate their time and energy including, production of a highly entertaining video, featuring the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in support of the 2013 fund drive.