​City of Columbia employees raise more than $50,000 for United Way of the Midlands

The City of Columbia charitable giving campaign has concluded with employees raising more than $50,000 to support United Way of the Midlands.

“We are grateful to the City of Columbia employees for their dedication to improve our local community,” said Sara Fawcett, United Way of the Midlands President and CEO. “These investments allow us to support programs and services that ensure Midlands children start school ready to learn, that offer resources to help our neighbors become self-sufficient and that provide eye and dental care for those who are underinsured or uninsured.”

This year, four of the City’s departments showed exceptional increases in participation over the previous employee giving campaign including the City of Columbia Fire Department that increased employee giving participation by 74 percent and the Department of Parks and Recreation that increased participation by 62 percent. Other standout departments that increased employee giving were the Emergency Communications Center and the City of Columbia Police Department.

Whanna Bouknight, City of Columbia Campaign Director and Governmental Affairs Administrator, executed the 2018-2019 employee charitable giving campaign for the City.

“The City of Columbia’s employees continue to be committed to financially supporting the United Way campaign every year as a way to give back to the community,” said City Manager Teresa Wilson. “I am proud to lead this dynamic group of public servants who remain focused on helping those in our city who need it the most.”

United Way is leading the charge in improving the quality of life in the Midlands by working with local partners to improve education, economic mobility and health care services in the Midlands.

To learn more about United Way of the Midlands, visit

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