The old theater at the Village Green was recently the site of a special event to promote the United Way of Bradley County campaign to employees of Jones Management Services and Check Into Cash.
With members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland providing entertainment, and food and games for the employees, it became a festive occasion. That festivity was just a part of the event, as those attending also learned how important it is to give back to community.
“When we learned that the companies were having this special event, we were so excited,” said United Way of Bradley County President and CEO Matt Ryerson. “To have the opportunity to speak to them about our United Way, as well as let them see and hear how one of our agencies — the Boys and Girls Clubs — is making a difference in the lives of our youth, made it even more special.”
Youngsters from the clubs performed several musical numbers for the attendees, and Jennifer Burke, a BGCC staff member, spoke of how the Boys and Girls Clubs made a distinct impact into the lives of three children. Maria, Ricky and Angel were in need of support at a time in their lives when the Boys and Girls Clubs stepped in and provided that support.
Now, Maria has been selected as Youth of the Year for the club, and two sisters and a brother have been adopted by Burke. Both Maria and Angel were among the performers at the event, with Ricky participating in a sporting event at the time of the United Way festival.
Jones Management, its affiliated companies, and Check Into Cash, have served as community supporters for years. Founder Allan Jones has been a philanthropic leader in Bradley County, evidenced by his support in such events as the Halloween Block Party, scholarships at Cleveland State Community College, refurbishing Craigmiles Hall, a number of school and community capital projects, and helping to landscape the community through coordination of many tree projects.
United Way has always been one of Jones’ many community endeavors as well.
“My dad, Bill Jones, told me to give more than my fair share each year to the United Way and I always have,” Jones said. “I strongly believe the United Way makes the biggest difference in changing lives and strengthening Cleveland and Bradley County.”
While the Jones Management/Check Into Cash campaign for United Way is not complete, early reports have it being one of the more successful campaigns in recent history.
“I believe that when you have the person who heads your company so dedicated to the community, and to United Way, it feeds down to the employees and they, too, want to make a difference in people’s lives,” Ryerson said. “We appreciate all that Allan Jones does for our United Way, and all that his companies do to help us help others.”
He added, “If your company does not conduct an internal United Way campaign, or if you are an individual who does not work for a specific company, and you would like to contribute to helping others, go to the United Way website at www.unitedwaybc.com and click on the ‘donate now’ feature. You will be able to make a donation online through your credit card. Or, you may contact the United Way office at 479-2020 to learn more about giving to United Way, or about volunteer opportunities. If you would like to see if your company might wish to begin a campaign, contact the company’s Human Resources Department.”
United Way of Bradley County will announce new campaign totals at its next report luncheon, scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 14, at noon at the Mountain View Inn.