Internal campaign haunted house to frighten fundraising out of staff

By Carissa Woytach, United Way of Greater Cleveland Staff Writer

Haunted HouseDeep beneath United Way of Greater Cleveland’s offices, the building operations staff lurk, crafting a maze of frights for this year’s internal campaign.

United Way of Greater Cleveland’s internal campaign runs alongside the organizations fundraising drive and invites United Way staff and retirees to donate their time and money to the nonprofit, to further fund services and programs in the Greater Cleveland community.

John Caputo, director of building operations, and his staff, alongside resource development associate Taylor Holan, worked on the event over the past month, with help from other United Way staff.

Setting up a maze through the basement with black plastic, the course will take even long-time staffers under Euclid Avenue.

“It’s going to be very disorienting, even to people who have worked here for years,” Caputo said. “They’re going to be in unknown parts of the building only a handful have ever been in.”

With a budget of $150, the group has had to get creative with this year’s haunts. Using things like fishing line for spider webs, alongside staff donations, the crew has brought employees’ real fears to life.

“It makes great use of the space and we gave a very small budget, so that’s ingenious,” Holan said.

The haunted house is open to United Way employees along with other organization’s employees who we share space with, according to Michelle Carver, United Way’s internal campaign co-chair.

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