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United Way campaign at 63 percent of its goal

November 15, 2002|by ANDREA ROWLAND

andrear@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - Donations to the United Way of Washington County's fall giving campaign surpassed the $1 million mark Monday, agency officials said.

The campaign kicked off in late August and ends in mid-December. Contributions to date amount to nearly 63 percent of the campaign's $1.7 million goal, United Way spokesman Bill Bulla said.

"We're running slightly ahead of the same time period last year," United Way Executive Director James Taylor said. "We've taken a few bumps along the way because of economic conditions, but are encouraged by some of the employee campaigns now being reported."

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Workers at the following companies and organizations contributed more to United Way this year than in 2001: Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused (CASA), Community Action Council (CAC), Eaton Aeroquip, First Data Merchant Services, Hecht's, The Herald-Mail Co., J.C. Penney Co. and United Parcel Service.

Save-A-Lot raised more than $3,500 during its first employee campaign, and Outback Steakhouse contributed $5,000 in opening night proceeds to the United Way, Bulla said.

Robert Ernst II, 2002 campaign chairman, praised volunteers for their work in setting up corporate employee campaigns.

United Way officials encourage businesses and individuals to continue giving so the United Way will reach its goal for the year.

Contributions of any amount will help the United Way fund health and human service programs through its 21 member agencies. These programs serve the community's youth, elderly, disabled and disadvantaged by providing help to strengthen families, nurture children, promote self-sufficiency and sustain health and wellness, Bulla said.

For more information or to make a donation, call 301-739-8200.

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