Press release from the United Way of Allen County:
United Way Three-Quarters of the Way to Goal
75% of $4.8 Million Goal Has Been Pledged
United Way of Allen County is approximately three-quarters of the way to raising the dollars needed to support critical services. The 2009 Annual Campaign is still in high gear, with many corporations and organizations in the middle of their fundraising drives. Individual donors, businesses and foundations have already committed a little more than $3.6 million dollars, which is approximately 75 percent of the money needed to meet the $4.8 million goal.
Donations to United Way of Allen County support 64 local social service programs, everything from day care to health care, from counseling to scouting, and from literacy instruction to shelter for the homeless. The funds are allocated by volunteers who carefully examine each program and its results. Programs must fall into one of three United Way focus areas: Basic Needs, Family Stability and Success in School.
In addition to the annual campaign, United Way brings in grants and other restricted dollars to support a number of key community initiatives, including Learn United, which is a ten-year effort to ensure all local children can read at grade level by the third grade. Other initiatives include building a collaborative case management system for local non-profits, promoting diversity and inclusion, and educating residents about financial management.
Anyone wanting to contribute to United Way’s Community Campaign can give online at www.unitedwayallencounty.org or call 260.422.4776 and ask for the staff accountant. Approximately 500 area businesses run workplace campaigns with about 20,000 individuals making a donation every year. Workplace campaigns run September 2009 through March 2010.