With less than two weeks left in the campaign, the Franklin County Area United Way is at 43.8 percent of goal.
Gifts and pledges to date total $487,007, according to Kim Strubberg, executive director.
The total does not include any verbal amounts received, she noted.
The drive, the single largest annual fundraiser in the county, kicked off the first week of September and ends Oct. 31. This year’s goal is $1,111,111.
“There have been highs and lows as far as projections that have started coming in over the past week,” said Whitney Livengood, United Way board president and campaign co-chair.
“We continue to remain optimistic and are looking forward to more good news as our partners in the workplace begin wrapping up their campaigns,” she said. “We still have a long way to go to reach our goal.”
Strubberg added that the highs outweigh the lows.
“There are many companies who have not reported any projections, but we are optimistic,” she said. “We do have a long way to go and it will take every ‘one’ coming together for us to reach our goal.
Only nine of the Top 30 corporate donations have come in yet, Strubberg said.
“Many company rallies are still being held this week and next, including some of the Top 30 donors,” she said.
The United Way golf tournament was held earlier this month and brought in an estimated $19,000, which is down slightly from last year. Coin collections were held last Friday and Saturday in Washington, bringing in about in $1,794.
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.