The first family of philanthropy: Holms to lead United Way campaign
For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — Traditionally, Marshfield Area United Way selects two volunteers as campaign drive chairs to bring awareness to and steer the annual fundraising campaign. This year things will be a bit different. United Way recently announced the first family that will lead the fall community fundraising campaign. Jay and Jill Holm and their three children will take the lead as the United Way campaign drive chairs for 2016.
Jay, born in Green Bay and raised in The Woodlands, Texas, before moving to Marshfield in 2005, and Jill, a farm-girl born and raised in Auburndale, are the parents of the three children: McKenzie (age 9), Max (7), and Madden (4). Jay and Jill are also the owners/operators of RiverEdge Golf Course and Banquet Facility. Since purchasing RiverEdge in 2009, the two have worked side by side to provide a multitude of services to the community.
The Holms feel honored to have their family be the drive chairs for the United Way campaign. “Reflecting upon the impressive list of past drive chairs that’s filled with so many community leaders and influential role models, it’s humbling that we would even be considered for such an important position for the 2016 campaign,” said Jay. “We truly appreciate the opportunity to represent United Way and the community as a whole.”
Jay and Jill look forward to bringing awareness of needs in the community to a different generation. When asked about their goals as campaign drive chairs, Jill said, “As a young family with kids in the school system, it’s hard not to notice what appears to be a decline in community needs awareness among our age group. We feel, for future society leadership, that it’s imperative for our youth to understand that we as adults have a responsibility to give back to our community and help where you can. We understand that not everyone is in a position to donate financially, but everyone can do something, whether that means giving resources, donating their time, or helping bring awareness to needs in the community.”
As the owners of a facility that hosts some of the area’s most prestigious charity events and banquets, Jay and Jill have noticed that the younger age group makes up only a small percentage of the people who are committed to and participate in supporting community organizations. The Holms want to see that change. Jay said, “It would be our position that this needs to be addressed sooner rather than later to ensure the longevity of all the great organizations in our community.”
For more information about Marshfield Area United Way’s work in the community and to find out how you can become involved, visit marshfieldareaunitedway.org.