The 2012 United Way Campaign has raised $432,900 so far this year, or 33% of the $1,310,000 million goal.
Campaign Chair Vince Horrigan said the future of several local programs hinges on the success of this year’s campaign.
“Last year, over 31,000 people in this area were helped by the programs that rely on United Way dollars,” said Horrigan. “To put it this way, take the entire population of Jamestown – that’s how many people depend on us reaching our goal.”
Money raised through the annual campaign goes to support 19 partner agencies and 44 programs in southern Chautauqua County. Each of the programs that receive funding must show measurable results in the areas of education, income, or health. Mr. Horrigan said no dollar that’s donated is wasted, or leaves this area.
“Every year our dedicated volunteers help us raise money and help us give it away,” said Horrigan. “These volunteers put in countless hours to make sure our partner agencies, not only have the funding they need, but that the dollars are going where they’re needed most. Our donors can also rest assured that every penny that’s raised for the campaign stays in the area.”
Mr. Horrigan urged individuals to get their pledges in soon, before the rush of the holidays.
“Now is the best time to make your donation to the United Way,” said Horrigan. “We all know how busy we get around the holidays. I would encourage everyone to make their contribution today and help us reach our goal before the end of the year.”