Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

United Way Campaigner on Mission in Clay

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

United Way Campaigner on Mission in Clay

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During a career in the U.S. Navy, Bill McCamy motivated young men and women in uniform to be the best sailors they could be.

The retired Navy captain, who has made Orange Park his home for 13 years, is still a motivator of people. Only now, his mission is to rally troops on behalf of a new United Way of Northeast Florida program in Clay County.

"We've raised $157,000 so far, and we're only halfway through," McCamy said last week. "We've got six more weeks to go."

Previously, Clay County has not been recognized as a separate United Way entity. McCamy and another retired naval officer, Larry Zimmer, are heading a group of volunteers conducting the first formal fund drive ever for United Way in Clay County.

"Our goal for Clay County for Campaign 2000 is $320,000," McCamy said. "A resolution presented to and signed by the Clay County commissioners supporting the campaign has been received."

Commissioners endorsed the campaign on Aug. 22, when McCamy personally appealed for their support of his effort to establish a separate unit of the United Way in Clay County.

"This grassroots effort," McCamy said, "is focused on building Clay County pride through educating as many Clay County residents as possible on all the health and human services the United Way of Northeast Florida provides to our residents."

But enlightening the public is only part of his mission. The other part, McCamy said, is "asking people to search their compassionate and caring hearts and contribute as much as they can to the United Way and Campaign 2000."

United Way has 79 agencies and 137 programs that provide health and human services to 350,000 residents in five Northeast Florida counties: Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns. The recipients represent 37 percent of the total population throughout the region, McCamy said.

"As a result of Campaign 1999 and through the Community Fund process," McCamy said, "over $11. …

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