By JENNIFER FITCH
6:23 PM EST, January 27, 2013
The United Way of Franklin County’s annual campaign has reached 83 percent of its goal one month before its conclusion.
The $775,000 goal represents a $25,000 increase over 2012 because of increased needs reported by the 25 member agencies, according to Amy Hicks, executive director of the United Way of Franklin County.
Those agencies provide a range of services, including school readiness for children, in-home care for the elderly, medical care for the uninsured and underinsured, and financial stability during sudden changes in a family’s income stream.
United Way volunteers will be calling businesses and individual donors before the campaign concludes March 1. The organization is wrapping up its sale of painted piggy banks, and it is awaiting reports from a few companies that are raising money.
“We’re still on an uphill climb to get there,” Hicks said of the campaign goal.
Ten “Pacesetter” companies quietly started the annual campaign in August 2012, then a Sept. 15, 2012, kickoff event officially launched the effort.
Hicks said some potential donors are saying they are less comfortable with their finances than they were in the past. Still, nonprofit organizations are facing the same financial challenges as individuals and businesses, she said.
Employers big and small support the United Way of Franklin County, Hicks said.
“It’s all levels of businesses in our community that step forward. ... They all participate as they’re able,” she said.
For more information about the United Way of Franklin County, call 717-262-0015 or go to www.uwfcpa.org.
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