Meridian, Miss. The United Way of East Mississippi is looking for heroes this year to help raise 1 Million dollars for their annual campaign, and they're starting off by going to their pacesetter companies. This year's Pacesetter Chair, Dr. Charlotte Tabereaux, says the pacesetters play an important part of achieving their goal.
"They do get involved early and get their monies in early so that we have our base of support to go forward with the rest of the campaign."
Monday morning they met with department heads from the long-time pacesetter City of Meridian. Sara Odom with the United Way says that Meridian's employees help the community in multiple ways.
"Last year in our top 25 employee campaigns in the whole community, the City of Meridian came in at number 12, and I think that speaks volumes that not only are these employees out doing what they do everyday to take care of our city, they're giving back to also take care of the people in our community."
Besides being a pacesetter, the city also raises quite a bit of money for the annual goal that goes to fund programs and agencies.
"They bring in somewhere between 10 to 12 thousand dollars for our overall campaign each year, so that's huge."
Last year there were 14 local pacesetter companies, but this year there are even more, and Tabereaux hopes that will help them reach their goal.
"This year we've been able to increase that already to 18, so as you can see Meridian again and Lauderdale County are stepping up to the plate and truly being heroes in our community."