United Way of Franklin County narrowly missed its fund-raising goal this year, but campaign officials say they never expected to come so close.
"In October I was hopeful for 60 percent of the goal," Campaign Chairman Edwin Sponsellor said Wednesday after the agency closed the campaign at its annual meeting. "I never dreamed we would get this close."
United Way raised $732,978 of its $745,000 goal, which means the two dozen Franklin County human service programs supported by the United Way will receive about 98.5 percent of their anticipated funding, Executive Director Cynthia Hawbaker said.
United Way agencies include the Chambersburg and Waynesboro, Pa., YMCAs, Lutheran Home Care Services, Women in Need and the Salvation Army.