As you may or may not be aware, each year City employees give countless hours of their own personal time volunteering in a wide variety of non-profit organizations, church groups, youth sports teams, and other local community organizations. In addition to those volunteer hours, from mid-November to mid-December the City employees hold a Giving Campaign where a committee of employees pick a few local charities and raise funds to help those organizations. The final days of our current Giving Campaign are winding down this week and we are currently on-pace to not only exceed last year's giving but to double the total amount given!
In addition to their generous financial contributions, City employees are doing several other charitable campaigns. First of all, they are holding a food drive for the Ashland Emergency Food Bank. If you want to assist in their efforts, please feel free to leave non-perishable contributions in the barrels located in all City Buildings. Second, the Ashland Police Department, located at 1155 East Main Street, is accepting new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots. Third, city employees will be giving blood during their annual Blood Drive for the American Red Cross in January of 2010.
City of Ashland employees certainly are not alone in their support of local and national charities. Thank you to everyone who give generously, at this time and throughout the year, to make Ashland, Jackson County, and our world a better place.