The Franklin County Area United Way campaign is at 30.9 percent of its goal with gifts and pledges totaling $343,328 as it enters its second and final month.
“This is right on track with last year, said Kim Strubberg, executive director. This year’s goal is $1,111,111.
“Rallies are still being held and will be throughout most of October,” Strubberg told The Missourian. “The United Way officers will be meeting regularly over the next couple of weeks to monitor and watch numbers, but right now they are looking good.”
The 17th annual United Way Golf Classic will be held Friday with 28 teams signed up. Strubberg said there is room for a few more teams.
Whitney Livengood, United Way board president and campaign co-chair, said while the momentum is very strong right now, the drive still has a long way to go to reach the goal.
“We are looking forward to hearing totals from our partners holding rallies this month,” she said.
Strubberg said money continues to come in from the door-to-door drive, held last Wednesday. More than 250 high school students canvassed the Washington community collecting donations.
The teens collected $6,665.31 in the drive, up $1,253.05 from last year. United Way officials hope mail-in donations will boost those numbers even more.
Strubberg also noted the Union Power of the Purse is only two weeks away.
“There are many beautiful handbags that will be auctioned off,” she said. “Our Power of the Purse events raise not only money, but awareness of what the United Way does in the community.
The United Way campaign — the single largest annual fundraiser in the county — kicked off the first week of September and will conclude Oct. 31.
This year’s theme, playing off the goal, is Improving Lives Together — Will You Be the 1 to Help.
The United Way is asking people to consider gifts in multiples of 1.
“That might be $11 per month, $111 or $1,011,” said Strubberg.
Money raised will benefit 53 agencies and programs which provide health and human services that strengthen families, nurture and protect children, assist the elderly and disabled, and provide emergency assistance.
Over 65,000 people were touched by these agencies last year, noted Strubberg.