The Franklin County Area United Way will host numerous special events and activities during its two-month campaign and throughout the year to raise both money and awareness.

The United Way officially kicked off its drive  Sept. 1. This year’s goal is $1,111,111.

Upcoming activities include a Fall Agency Tour this Thursday, Sept. 14. The featured agencies are ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments) and Buddies Not Bullies.

Kim Strubberg, United Way executive director, said the tours are offered to educate people about the many ways lives are improved through United Way member agencies.

“The tours are a great way for donors to see how a contribution to the United Way is put to use,” she said.

The United Way hosts two agency tours each year — spring and fall.

Reservations are still being accepted. People can call 636-239-1018 or email info@franklincountyuw.org.

The United Way board will have a hot dog booth at the Downtown Washington Inc. Chili Cook-Off Friday night, Sept. 22. Board members and volunteers will man the booth and tips given to participating cook-off teams will benefit the United Way.

One of the United Way’s most well-known events is the annual Door to Door Drive where high school students canvass the Washington area collecting donations. This year’s event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 27, beginning after school.

Strubberg said both Washington High School and St. Francis Borgia Regional High School will participate.

A new event being being held this month is a retiree breakfast for professionals who have been involved in past campaigns either through their workplaces, on the board or as a volunteer.

“We’ll update them on the drive, pass out pledge cards and see if they’re interested in being involved in any way,” Strubberg said.

The 17th annual United Way golf tournament will again be held Friday, Oct. 6, at Wolf Hollow Golf Club.

“This is one of our most popular fundraisers and it’s always a fun day for everyone,” said Strubberg.

The four-man scramble will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch and check-in. A prime rib dinner also will be served.

For more information or download a registration form, visit franklincountyus.org.

Exceptional Equestrians will host a benefit horse show for the United Way Sunday, Oct. 8. Strubberg said more information on that event will be announced soon.

A coin collection in Washington is planned for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14

The United Way will host six Power of the Purse events in communities throughout the county. The first one is planned for Thursday, Oct. 19, in Union, at the memorial auditorium. Others will take place Feb. 22 in St. Clair; March 8 in Pacific; March 22 in Washington; April 5 in New Haven; and April 12 in Sullivan.

“These events offer a great opportunity for women to lend their support to the United Way, help those in need and have a great night out at the same time,” said Strubberg.

For more information on how to participate or to make a donation, people may call the United Way offices at 636-239-1018 or visit www.franklincountyuw.org.