By David G. Voss, Jr., 2017 United Way Campaign Co-Chair and President & CEO of Miron Construction Co., Inc.
Since 2012, Miron has held an annual United Way Campaign to raise funds to benefit our community. For those unfamiliar with the organization, they focus on addressing our community’s greatest needs, including helping children succeed in school, building healthy families, assisting people in meeting their basic needs, and improving access to mental health services. United Way brings the right people to the table to create solutions to some of our community’s biggest issues; issues that are far too vast for any one person, program, or agency to fix on its own.
For the past two years, prior to kicking off our campaign and during our kick-off event, we’ve made a concerted effort to expose our employees to some of the agencies that United Way supports. We’ve found that while the statistics don’t always hit home for every individual, the personal stories definitely do. Hearing stories about high school students struggling with depression and suicide, families faced with the reality of homelessness, individuals grappling with addiction, and children who’ve endured years of abuse really drives home the need for each one of us to be invested in making our communities stronger and healthier.
We haven’t concluded 2017’s campaign quite yet, but we are well on our way to reaching our goal. The dollars raised will be distributed amongst multiple United Way locations, including the Fox Cities, Dane County, Greater Milwaukee, Marathon County, Chippewa Falls, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. I’m extremely proud of the generosity of our employees, but more importantly, I’m proud of the commitment they’ve made to bettering the places in which we live, work, and play. At Miron, we advise our employees that we’re not looking for a few individuals to give a lot; we’re looking for a lot of individuals to give a little, because we know that together we can make a difference.
One thing we certainly don’t lack at this company is the heart and desire to make things better. Many of us lead a very blessed existence, but with those blessings comes an innate responsibility to give back; to ensure our fellow men, women, and children are able to live full and happy lives. Deep down, I truly believe that change is possible, especially when we continue to Live United!