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United Way closing in on goal

December 15th, 2011 10:21 pm by Sue Guinn Legg

United Way closing in on goal

With a little more than two weeks remaining to the conclusion of United Way of Washington County’s annual fundraising campaign for 17 local nonprofit service agencies, the campaign is at 93 percent of its $1.725 million goal and less than $116,000 away from making its goal for the first time since 2007.
Campaign chairman Becky Hilbert announced total donations of $1.609 million at Thursday’s final report meeting for 2011 campaign team.
“We’ve got a little bit more to go and will continue until midnight at the first of the year. Hopefully we’ll get there.”
With six of the campaign’s 13 divisions still working to meet their individual goals, reports from the division leaders illustrated the momentum the campaign has built and the challenge still ahead.
Leading the fundraising on Thursday, the Industrial Division reported $301,097 in total contributions, or 115 percent of its $260,000 goal.
Food Services was at 112 percent of its $55,000 goal with $61,638 total donations pledged. The automotive division was at 108 percent of its $20,000 with $21,599. The Public Division was at 107 percent of its $200,000 goal with $215,044. And the Professional Division was at 101 percent of its $45,000 goal with $45,500.
The Services Division was just beyond 100 percent of its $255,000 goal, with $257,000. And the campaign’s Leadership Division, made up of contributors who give a minimum of one hour of their monthly wages or more to the United Way, was also just beyond its goal to include 1,500 individual givers.
Still in the trenches, the Financial Division was at 71 percent of its $375,000 goal, with total donations of nearly $267,000 and $108,000 still to raise. “We’ve raised a lot and we’ve got a lot to go,” Division Leader Jerome Julian said.
The Combined Federal Division was at 80 percent of its $100,000 goal with another $20,000 needed and donations still being collected at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home.
The Health Services Division was at 91 percent of its $230,000 goal with $211,067 pledged and less than $19,000 left to raise. The Contractors Division was at 83 percent, with $50,210 raised toward its $60,000 goal and $7,700 still needed. And the Merchandising Division was at 83 percent of its $50,000 goal with $41,859 and a little more than $8,000 left to raise.
The Residential Division, which is made up of retired workers who continue their United Way support in their retirement and other contributors who cannot contribute through their employer, had the most ground left to cover on Thursday with $57,542, or 76 percent of its $75,000 goal pledged. Residential Division Leader Judy Moss said, “We’re still trying and I don’t mind to ask. Ask your neighbor. Ask your mother. Ask your aunt and ask your uncle.”
United Way Board Chairman Ed Herbert told the campaign team members their work was not about the total dollars raised but the 30,000 individual lives that are impacted monthly by services and agencies the campaign supports.
Contributions to the United Way provide annual funding for the American Red Cross of North East Tennessee, Adult Day Services for seniors and disabled adults, The ARC of Washington County for people with developmental disabilities, Boys and Girls Club, Coalition for Kids, Contact Ministries, Girls Inc., the Frontier Health Adventure Program and Greenwood Challenge ropes course for troubled teens, the local Girl Scout and Boy Scout councils, Interfaith Hospitality Network for homeless families with children, Keystone Dental Care, Personal Support Services for abused and neglected seniors, the Salvation Army, the Johnson City Schools Shoe Fund and the Washington County Schools Food, Shoes and Clothing Fund.
For more information about the campaign or to make a donation, contact the United Way of Washington County at 282-5682 or P.O. Box 4039, Johnson City, TN 37602-4039.

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