With a goal of raising $200,000, the United Way of Leavenworth County kicked off an annual fall campaign Thursday.

With a goal of raising $200,000, the United Way of Leavenworth County kicked off an annual fall campaign Thursday.

“Some people may say that’s a lot,” Mike Smith said of the fundraising goal, but it really is not for a county the size of Leavenworth County.

Smith is the mayor of Lansing. He also is serving as the chairman of the campaign.

He spoke during a kickoff breakfast Thursday in Leavenworth.

The United Way of Leavenworth County supports more than 15 nonprofit organizations.

A representative of one of the organizations supported by the United Way spoke during Thursday’s breakfast.

Glenda Briscoe is the executive director of Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services.

Briscoe said the organization serves people who live in the Basehor-Linwood school district. She said Basehor-Linwood Assistance Services operates a Christmastime adopt a family program as well as a Backpack Buddies program. The organization also operates a food pantry.

Jackie Cahill, who utilizes the food pantry, also spoke during Thursday’s breakfast. She said the food pantry is probably the best kept secret in Basehor.

“They’re a friendly group there,” she said.

During the campaign, many local companies will be raising money for the United Way through employee contributions.

Wendell Maddox, executive director of the United Way of Leavenworth County, said a couple of companies were asked to raise money ahead of Thursday’s kickoff. He said these companies served as pacesetters to generate excitement about the campaign.

Representatives of the two companies spoke during Thursday’s breakfast.

Molly Dodson with Armed Forces Insurance in Leavenworth said the company had raised more than $24,000.

Blake Waters with the First State Bank & Trust in Basehor said the company had raised more than $14,000.

“This is a great cause,” Waters said. “Let’s get behind it and exceed that $200,000 (goal).”

Maddox said the fall campaign will last through October. But he said United Way of Leavenworth County campaigns throughout the year.

During Thursday’s breakfast, Maddox said the United Way of Leavenworth County is transitioning to a community impact model that has been implemented by other United Way chapters.

He said the model focuses on data-driven outcomes. He said United Way of Leavenworth County will be focusing on areas of education, financial stability and health.

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