United Way extends campaign

Sue Guinn Legg • Jan 2, 2013 at 10:09 PM

The United Way of Washington County has extended its 2012 fundraising campaign in an attempt to gather more than $173,000 in contributions still needed to meet its $1.775 million goal for 17 local health and human service agencies.

With $1,601,639 in contributions pledged and another $173,361 needed to meet the campaign goal, the United Way’s board of directors voted Monday to continue the drive through Jan. 11.

Yvette Slagle, chair of the United Way board of directors said, “This action by the board is necessary to assure that the vital work provided by our agencies continues and their services are not interrupted because of a shortage of resources.”

United Way President and CEO Lester Lattany said the board and the 2012 campaign team led by chairman Tim Swecker “will continue to work diligently to met the campaign goal” and avoid the risk of reductions in the United Way’s current level of annual support for the agencies. “The needs out there are great and those who can assist, we’re encouraging them to do that,” Lattany said.

“Our work is not completed . . . but the work of these agencies and the services that they provide every day is never completed. We still have a long way to go in order to finish this campaign for the 2012 year, but every contribution brings us closer to completing this campaign successfully.

As they continued their appeal for support for the agencies, Slagle, Lattany and Swecker each expressed their appreciation to the campaign’s many contributors.

“Thank you to all the contributors who have shown an understanding behind the real meaning of the (campaign’s) ‘Give From Your Heart’ theme,” Swecker said. “Our purpose is greater than our goal ... The needs are so great in our community and the campaign is truly about making the passions of people in our community come to life and making positive changes in the human condition.”

Slagle said, “With so many needs being identified in our community on a daily basis, it is very critical that we work to provide the vital resources needed by our agency partners.”

Lattany said, “It is truly amazing how much could be raised if as many people as are willing would provide at least $150 per year, or $3 per week.”

Donations to the United Way campaign provide continuing support for the Adult Day Services and Personal Support Services programs for area seniors and disabled adults, American Red Cross disaster services, the ARC of Washington County’s family respite program, the local councils of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Boys & Girls Club, Coalition for Kids and Girls Inc., the Contact Ministries’ crisis hot line, Frontier Health’s Adventure Program and Greenwood Challenge ropes course for troubled teens, the Interfaith Hospitality Network for homeless families with children, the Johnson City and Washington County school systems’ shoe, clothing and food funds, Keystone Dental Care, the Salvation Army and the Volunteer Center.

More information about the campaign may be obtained online at www.unitedwayofwashingtoncountytn.org or by calling Lattany at 282-5682. Donations to the campaign may be made at the website at or by mail to the United Way of Washington County, P.O. Box 4039, Johnson City, TN, 37602-4039.

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