The United Way of Washington County is midway through its fall fundraising drive for its 17 local nonprofit service agencies and programs. The good news is United Way has gathered almost half of this year’s $1.725 million campaign goal. The bad news is that there’s a whole lot more that needs to be raised. And judging from past campaigns, it’s those last dollars that are the hardest to raise.
United Way Campaign Chair Becky Hilbert announced on Oct. 27 that a total of $852,689 in contributions have been collected. That puts United Way at 49.43 percent of its goal with two more months to go in the fundraising campaign. Contributions are up more than $400,000, or 24 percent, since the campaign kicked off Aug. 26 with early contributions of $437,730.
As Press staff writer Sue Guinn Legg reported last month, the announcement was met with enthusiastic applause from the United Way campaign team, which has seen its efforts fall short of the goal each year since 2008.
Reaching the goal this year will take determination and grit on the part of the United Way campaign team members. And it will take help from people like you. Since you are reading this editorial, it’s a good bet you have already made a generous donation to the United Way. That’s because we know regular readers of this page are people who care very much about this community.
It’s civic-minded people like you who are also among the first to contribute to the Second Harvest Food Bank and to the Johnson City Press Christmas Box. Although you already do more than your part, we need you to do just a little more. We are asking that you convince a family member, friend or co-worker to follow your lead and send a check to United Way of Washington County, P.O. Box 4039, Johnson City, TN 37602-4039.