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 SDCOE Raised $25,898 for United Way Last Year

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Last year, San Diego County Office of Education employees raised $25,898 during the United Way campaign, and organizers are already look​ing forward to this year’s effort.

The money raised was slightly more than in 2011. It included $9,000 for SDCOE programs, $3,248 for Outdoor Education and more than $16,000 for schools throughout the county.

Jim Crittenden, who helped organize the campaign last year, said the success was a team effort.

“It was the hard work of the campaign committee to plan fun activities throughout the campaign,” he said. Those activities included a book fair, barbecue and food-truck day.

About 10 percent of SDCOE’s 1,100 employees donated money in 2012, up from about 8 percent the year before and more than double what it was five years ago.

This year’s United Way campaign will start in late October. That effort isn’t the only way to get involved and help out the United Way, though. Anyone can volunteer to participate in programs for students throughout the year, including tutoring, mentoring, distributing books and participating in mock interviews for at-risk students.

Employees at the Linda Vista campus can help out during the Ice Cream Social from 3 to 4 pm. Tuesday by writing inspirational notes on bookmarks that will be given to children from low-income families this summer along with books. Last year, the local United Way distributed about 21,500 books.

The United Way of San Diego County formed in 1920 to help solve health and human services issues in the community by promoting education, income and health. The organization focuses on children, families and the chronically homeless. 

“We’re about improving lives of the people in this community countywide,” said Tiffany Yarling, senior development executive with the group.