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1998 United Way goal $1.7 million

September 03, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

The 1998 United Way campaign kicked off Wednesday with a goal of $1.7 million, a reasonable and reachable goal if everyone participates, according to drive chairman Robert Barnhart.

Representatives of the 22 member agencies gathered at the Four Points Hotel on Dual Highway to hear keynote speaker Lt. Col. Arnold Callaham, the new executive director of the Greater Hagerstown Committee.

They also heard from veteran American Red Cross volunteer Charles Newcomer who illustrated how important United Way funding is to such an organization.

"United Way helps many, many people ... people you and I can't help by ourselves," he said.

United Way funds allow Red Cross to respond quickly when disasters hit, Newcomer said.

Member agencies and the funds they received from United Way's 1997 campaign ($1.61 million) include:




-- American Red Cross, $106,582

-- Big Brothers/Big Sisters, $64,189

-- Boy Scouts of America, $80,552

-- Boys and Girls Club, $120,641

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-- CASA, Inc., $92,693

-- Central Maryland Catholic Charities, $73,509

-- Commission on Aging, $41,705

-- Community Action Council, $23,352

-- Community Free Clinic, $28,929

-- Food Resources Inc., $22,251

-- Girl Scouts, Shawnee Council, $36,983

-- Girls Inc., $104,176

-- Hagerstown Day Nursery, $8,508

-- Hagerstown Goodwill Industries, $20,889

-- Hospice, $35,666

-- Interstate Service Coalition, $6,898

-- Memorial Recreation Center, $61,028

-- The Parent-Child Center, $18,546

-- The Salvation Army, $94,374

-- Washington County Council on Alcoholism/Drug Dependency, $32,649

-- YMCA, $94,970

This year's campaign marks the first time that United Way funding may be used only for agency programs, not for other expenses.

Outcome Funding gradually has been introduced over the past three years in an effort to demonstrate to contributors that the programs funded get results for the clients being served.

To better show the public how funding benefits real people, several agencies are holding open houses today:




-- Catholic Charities, 229 N. Potomac St., 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.;

-- Food Resources, 930A Eldridge Drive, 3 to 4 p.m.;

-- Girls Inc., 626 Washington Ave., 3 to 5 p.m.;

-- Hospice, 101 E. Baltimore St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.;

-- and Washington County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependency, 5 Public Square, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Open houses will held Friday at the following:




-- Community Action Council, 101 Summit Ave., 3 to 4:30 p.m.;

-- Community Free Clinic, 18 W. Franklin St., 2 to 6 p.m.;

-- Girl Scouts, 901 Pope Ave., 4 to 7 p.m.

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