United Day is the final blitz to raise the 2012 campaign goal of $1.86 million for those in need in the Wabash Valley.
Last year, with the support of the community, the United Way of the Wabash Valley was able to make a big push toward attaining the campaign goal with the United Day for United Way.
Local radio, television stations, outdoor media, businesses, donors, restaurants and print media joined together to weather the elements to make the campaign successful.
The one-day goal for United Day is $20,000.
"We can make a difference. Making a gift to United Way of the Wabash Valley is both an effective way to help our whole community," United Way of the Wabash Valley Board President Sally Zuel said. "Our community needs your support. Please consider donating to United Way to help to strengthen our community."
Multiple events will take place on United Day for United Way.
Close to 56 business partners throughout the Wabash Valley will assist the United Way asking residents to contribute at one of the many donation collection locations throughout Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo and Clay counties in Indiana, and Clark County in Illinois.
The donation locations include: Baesler's (Sullivan and Terre Haute), Clark County Title Company (Marshall, Ill.), First Financial Bank (32 locations), Indiana State University, Macy's, Old National Bank (eight locations), Riddell National Bank (two locations), Terre Haute Savings Bank (five locations) and Walmarts in Brazil, Clinton and Terre Haute.
Another event going on the same day is "Dine United," where a portion of the sales from patron's meals at local restaurants will be donated to United Way Friday, Jan. 18.
Participating restaurants include: Bob Evans Farms Restaurants, Boo's Crossroads Café, Buffalo Wild Wings, Clabber Girl Bakeshop, Downtown Diner (Merom), Gerhardt's, Louise's Italian Fine Dining and Bar, Monicals, Patrick's Restaurant (Sullivan), Rick's Smokehouse and Grill, Roly Poly, Spaghetti and Sub House, Starbucks and Wabash Valley Pizza Huts.
Monicals will conduct "Dine United," Tuesday, Jan. 15, rather than Friday, Jan. 18.
In addition, flyers for Bob Evans, Buffalo Wild Wings and Monicals are required for "Dine United." Those interested should log on to the United Way of the Wabash Valley (www.uwwv.org) website for flyers.
The festivities at Baesler's Market on "United Day For United Way," include numerous local celebrities bagging groceries, pumping gas and washing car windows for tips.
Gas will be discounted the day of the event and all tips will benefit United Way.
Donors will save 6 cents per gallon. In addition, Baesler's will donate another 6 cents to United Way.
Some of the local celebrities taking part include the following Clay County residents: St. Mary-of-the-Woods College President Dottie King and WTWO Chief Meteorologist Jesse Walker, among others.
"We are so close to reaching our campaign goal, but we still need everyone's help," United Way Executive Director Troy Fears said. "Please make a donation on United Day for United Way and know that your gift is going to help our community."