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At the midway point in the campaign, the Franklin County Area United Way is at 18 percent of its goal with gifts and pledges totaling approximately $207,953.

“We are about 5 percent behind where we were this time last year, but I’m still very optimistic and things are going well,” said Kim Strubberg, executive director.

“The board members are doing a great job of reaching out to companies and getting rallies scheduled,” she said. “The door-to-door drive is Wednesday and the golf tournament is Oct. 6. We currently have 22 teams signed up and we have room for 11 more teams.”

Strubberg said the generosity of Franklin County residents never ceases to amaze her.

The campaign — the single largest annual fundraiser in the county — kicked off the first week of September and will conclude Oct. 31. This year’s goal is $1,111,111.

Whitney Livengood, United Way board president and campaign co-chair, said projections and progress reports from companies are positive.

“We still have many partners in the workplace who don’t hold their campaigns until October, so it’s a bit of a waiting game now,” she said. “We do, however, have a lot of major special events coming up like the door-to-door drive, golf tournament and Power of the Purse, so it’s full speed ahead.”

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.

“For the cost of everyday items, a cup of coffee, movie tickets, dinner out, you can help people live better lives,” she said. “Your generosity provides more than you can ever imagine.”

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.

Livengood said the more people who give — at any level — the more people can be helped.

United Way officials said donors should think of their gift as an investment in their community and in the future.