QUINCY -- Amanda Goings enjoys helping bring resources together to assist those in need.
"There are some emotional experiences when you get to see how the funds are used," said Goings, director of administration for the United Way of Adams County.
Goings says working for the United Way -- and all it stands for -- is a "year-round commitment."
And it's a commitment she relishes.
"I love being able to help the community," said Goings, who previously worked at Cheerful Home Child Care and Early Learning.
This is the time of year when United Way officials and their partner agencies begin forming plans for the next campaign that annually kicks off in August.
The 2018 campaign was another success story for United Way -- and the community it supports. For the 21st time in the last 22 years, the campaign topped $1 million in fundraising, finishing with $1.08 million, exceeding its goal of $1.05 million.
That money allows the reach of United Way's helping hands to continue.
"Hearing the stories of those who are helped by the United Way is amazing," Goings said. "We get to see those individuals whose lives have been impacted. We get to see how those funds are used."
In the 80-plus year history of the United Way of Adams County campaign, more than $45 million has been raised. More than $40 million of that total has gone directly to partner organizations.
The high-water mark of fundraising came in 2013 when $1.211 million was generated.
"The campaign brings resources together to help those who need it in our community," Goings said.
Sara Stephens is executive director of the Horizons Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry, one of the agencies that benefits from United Way assistance.
"When the names and statistics have a face, the need is more real," Stephens said.
Mark Tyrpin, CEO of Mercantile Bank, will be chairman of the 2019 campaign.
"It's all about people helping people, right here in our community," Tyrpin said at the February celebration that acknowledged the 2018 campaign's success. "When we all work together, great things can happen. It's also important that we maintain (the momentum of 2018), making the community stronger, more vibrant and a better place to live for generations."
The United Way of Adams County dates to 1937, when it was known as the Community Chest of Quincy. Its first campaign generated $69,000. Additional information is available from the United Way of Adams County by calling 217-222-5020.