The United Way of Washington County ended 2011 by surpassing its $1.725 million fundraising goal for the year. As Press staff writer Sue Guinn Legg reported in Thursday’s paper, a $50,000 gift from Roadrunner Markets helped to put the fundraising campaign over the top.
The company’s generous gift also helped to end a three-year dip in United Way giving that began with the recession of 2008 and caused the United Way to fall from a record-setting $2 million raised in 2007 to just more than $1.709 million collected last year.
We want to thank everyone who contributed to the United Way campaign. You have helped to make the new year a bit brighter for those in need.
Agencies served by the United Way are going to need every penny they can get. That’s because charitable donations have not been able to keep with all the requests for assistance.
Proceeds from the campaign provide the annual funding for 17 area nonprofit agencies, including the local Girl Scout and Boy Scout councils, the Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc., Coalition for Kids, Adult Day Services and Keystone Dental Care.
United Way Campaign chairman Becky Hilbert called the campaign’s success “evidence of what a generous and caring community we have.”
She’s right. It’s the civic-minded people who give whatever they can to the annual United Way campaign who represent the backbone of our community. And its caring and generous businesses like Roadrunner Markets that help to make United Way campaigns a success.
Go online at unitedwayofwashingtoncountytn.org to learn more about how your United Way contribution can changes lives in our community.