Pumpkin Pandemonium – Already?

Yes – It is time. Pumpkin Lattes. Pumpkin Candles. Pumpkin Coffee Creamer, muffin mix, soup, pie, marshmallows, bread, cereal, yogurt, bagels, pop tarts, vodka (well, ok – maybe that’s ok) and the weirdest one of all –Pumpkin Pringles. :/ Yesterday, I also saw a tree with one branch on one side edging toward reds and oranges — the colors of the fall. What does that mean for our local United Way, and our work? We are hot and heavy into our Campaign Season at our workplaces. We have special relationships with Global Leadership Partners — folks like Target, 3M, UPS, Payless, Heartland Bank, TJ Maxx, Lowes, Best Buy, ComEd, NICOR, Comcast, and others. We reach out to the stores and companies, and often visit with management and employees to share what Kishwaukee United Way is up to. We tell them about our support of 24 local nonprofits, our work with financial stability for families through MoneySmart Week in April, our volunteer engagement, our FamilyWize prescription savings program, and other initiatives. I was lucky enough to visit with the Schnuck’s team recently, and thanked them for their support and openness to help. Campaign visits not only catch employees up on what is happening with us, but allows us to share resources they may need for themseleves, their neighbors and families. Agencies we work with help children, teens and seniors in numerous ways. It’s nice to be able to give back information and support, when employees choose to support our mission with their giving. Campaign season can be a blast – jeans days, cook-offs, hot dog lunches, auction baskets, bake sales, and crazy competitions. It’s great to raise funds for good cause – it’s even better if you are having fun doing it. 🙂 Speaking of funds and food, big THANKS to the folks that came out to the Culver’s and Chipotle locations this last month to support our work in that way. It’s always a treat (and a great break from cooking dinner) to grab a burrito bowl or some yummy custard – it just tastes THAT much better when you know that a bit of your cash will go back and do good things!

As we head into the cooler months, we are also prepping big time for two events – the first is our signature Taste of the Vine wine tasting & silent auction event on November 10th (which might happen to be my birthday – just sayin’…). We are actively seeking sponsorship for this great night, as well as donated auction prizes. I’m plotting what cool basket I can put together this year. Ideas? In the past I have done zombie baskets, bacon love, beer bonanza, Halloween hoopla and others! On this list of silent austion items we have already are spa sensations, restaurant items, event & sports tickets, Pampered Chef products, craft stuff, and more! Also, the 3rd annual DeKalb Elks Craft Fair (which we partner with them on) is on November 19th from 10am – 5pm. We are hoping that an early blizzard does NOT damper the attendance as it did last year. I am channeling my creative energy (after several nights scanning Pintrest of course) and working my craftiness on items for the show. You’ll have to come to see if what I create are hits or Pintrest fails – lol! We are truly excited about the Elks support, and I personally look forward to grabbing holiday gifts at both Taste and the Craft Show. We hope to see you at one or both events.

So, in closing, pumpkin time it is. I have yet to snag a Pumpkin Latte, but I’m sure one will be waiting for me when I need it. Happy early Fall, Y’all!

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