Local high school students Wednesday collected nearly $6,700 for the Franklin County Area United Way during the annual door-to-door drive.
Wearing neon greet T-shirts, 107 students from St. Francis Borgia Regional High School and 143 students from Washington High School canvassed neighborhoods and subdivision collecting donations.
“The kids were awesome,” said Kim Strubberg, United Way executive director. “They were all very well behaved, polite and enthusiastic. The drivers had nothing but kind remarks about the kids.”
Strubberg said the event was very well organized and ran smoothly. A total of 62 adult drivers transported the students.
“We were able to cover a very wide area,” she said.
For those who were not home, students left behind a hanging bag with a return envelope and a brochure listing the 48 agencies and programs supported in the United Way campaign.
Those leave-behind bags are important, Strubberg said, because the United Way typically collects several thousands of dollars from residents who mail in a donation.
“Our goal for the door-to-door drive, with the mail-ins, is $15,000, which is ambitious, but we hope people will take the time to look at the brochure and considering mailing in a donation,” she said.
Last year, students collected about $7,232 the day of the drive and another $3,943 was received from the mail-in donations.
Strubberg said the canvass helps raise much needed funds and awareness for the United Way campaign, which kicked off earlier this month and runs through Oct. 31.
The canvass also promotes volunteerism among teens, she said.
Students and the drivers enjoyed refreshments at the riverfront park after the drive.
“It was a sea of green at the riverfront, which was great to see,” Strubberg said. “We can’t thank everyone enough, the kids and our volunteer drivers, plus the schools, for their participation.”
The door-to-door drive is one of several special events planned during the annual United Way campaign. This year’s overall goal is $1,000,060 in honor of the United Way’s 60th anniversary.