Monday, 18 December 2017 17:56

Employees raise more than $850,000 for CMC

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HITS hosted a pie in the face fundraiser for CMC. HITS hosted a pie in the face fundraiser for CMC. Photo by David Smith

Preparations for the 2018 “Give a Little Peace” Combined Municipal Campaign began in early August, with the goal to start fresh and have fun during all aspects of the campaign, from the planning stages to the fundraisers to even reconciliation.

This year, CMC chair Jennifer Cobb took a new approach to training department coordinators. In previous years, each department was given data comparing each department’s contributions (fundraising) and participation through the years.

“We believed the data served as a helpful guideline to set departmental goals, but realized that data had become a huge source of intimidation,” Cobb said. “We didn’t want coordinators to start a new campaign on the wrong foot. We eliminated the historical data within the workbooks, allowing the coordinators a fresh start and empowering them to shape their department’s fundraising efforts..”

And then Hurricane Harvey arrived. Despite Hurricane Harvey and his destruction, city employees showed up and showed out by raising more than $850,000.

The fundraising goal for the year – set before the hurricane – was $707,700. So, not only did the city exceed this year’s campaign goal, but also exceeded last year’s citywide total by more than $100,000.

Fundraisers this year included a Hawaiian luau lunch, citywide talent show, diaper and baby food drive, a Fall Festival, pie toss and a chili cook-off. The funds raised will go to fellow employees impacted by Harvey and to local and national agencies registered with the campaign.

“We are still experiencing somewhat challenging times locally and nationally, but coincidently, it was the coordinators and the Above and Beyond Club members who chose the ‘Give a Little Peace’ theme, and I believe we will fulfill our mission,” Cobb said. “We had some fun during the campaign and will be able to give a little peace to those in need in 2018.”

Browse through the list of CMC organizations to find holiday and year-round volunteer opportunities.