County raises more than $74,000 for United Way


Kitsap County Writer

Despite the looming threats of layoffs and budget cuts, Kitsap County employees contributed a healthy chunk of change to the United Way this year.

Preliminary figures on Monday were $74,159.79. This was still about $5,000 short of the goal, even with a one-week extension for the campaign. Still, this let employees off the hook who had promised (or were pressured) to dye their hair purple if the goal was met.

“We made a valiant effort toward the goal,” said Kathy Brown of the commissioners’ office. “A lot of people dug deeply in their pockets so they could contribute.” 

A second holiday campaign was part of the Workplace CARES (County Advocating Recruiting Employees into Service) program, with several departments constructing sculptures out of cans and dry goods. The public and employees could then vote for the winning sculpture.

Winning departments were the Public Works Annex, the Department of Information Services and the County Assessor.

The sculptures were on display for a week. They were disassembled on Monday and donated to local food banks.

“It was very successful,” Volunteer Services Coordinator Jan Koske said of the program. “The food bank was impressed by the amount of food we collected and they hadn’t even been to the Public Works Annex yet.”

Koske could not provide an estimate of the amount of collected food at press time.

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