Robert Wilson, vice president and general manager for Enterprise Holdings in Southwest Florida and a United Way board member, has been named 2012-13 United Way campaign chair.
As the campaign chair, Wilson will lead the campaign that includes thousands of volunteers working to meet the $8,060,193 fund-raising goal.
"I feel greatly honored to be selected as the United Way campaign chair. It is a big responsibility that I take on gladly and with enthusiasm because I believe in the United Way and what it does to strengthen our community," Wilson said.
Wilson is a graduate of Duke University and has been employed at Enterprise for 22 years. He is a resident of Fort Myers and has two children.
"People often ask me why I support United Way. I find supporting and being actively involved with the United Way to be one of the best ways to give back to my community," he said. "I feel extremely fortunate to be able to live in and work in such a beautiful area, and I want to do my part to help others who are in need. Our local residents have always been incredibly supportive of the company I work for and my connection to the United Way is one way I like to say, 'Thank you.'"
"As with every United Way campaign, we are focused on meeting the needs of our community. The economic 'recovery' has been very slow for many families, and for many the needs have actually increased," he said. "At our summer food distributions we frequently hear, 'I've never had to ask for help before, but I have lost my job.' It is crucial that our agencies receive 100 percent of the funding they have told us they need to serve our neighbors and friends who are hungry, unemployed or ill."
"United Way 211, the help line for human services has experienced dramatic growth in the number of calls it receives requesting help with food, counseling, medical care, utilities and other issues. Before the economic downturn, United Way 211 received an average of 2,500 calls per month. Last month United Way 211 handled over 5,000 calls for help," he said.
"I am passionate about the United Way and look forward to a successful campaign. Increasing the number of businesses that run campaigns is key to our meeting our goal this year. I ask all businesses in Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties to seriously consider a campaign at your company," Wilson said.
"With your help, we will meet our campaign goal. With your help, we can change lives. With your help, we can make our community stronger," he said.
Since the inception of United Way in 1957, 100 million dollars have been raised in our community. All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network.
United Way Partner Agencies and initiatives such as the, Alvin A Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center, LARC, Harry Chapin Food Bank, the Boys and Girls Clubs, and United Way 211 serve a diverse range of needs in our community such as nurturing youth, strengthening families, meeting critical needs such as helping the elderly and disabled live independently, and empowering communities by bringing health and human services to neighborhoods.
In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives.
For information, call 433-2000 or visit: www.unitedwaylee.org.