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United Way more than $500,000 short of goal

Washington County campaign suffers major setback

Washington County campaign suffers major setback

December 19, 2007|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN ? With just six weeks left in this year's fundraising campaign, United Way of Washington County is more than a half-million dollars short of its goal, campaign leaders announced Wednesday.

This year's campaign has raised about $1.3 million, or about 70 percent of its $1.9 million goal, the organization's highest goal yet, campaign co-chair Tom Newcomer said.

The organization is asking the community, and particularly businesses and individuals who have not given before, to help United Way reach its goal by donating before the campaign ends Jan. 31, Newcomer said.

"We have a lot of ground to make up, because, honestly, there have been some challenges this year," he said.

Newcomer said the campaign suffered a setback when a major corporate donor reduced its contributions at the national level. That donor made up 12 percent of the campaign last year, he said.

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"So we're really trying to call on a broader base of businesses and individuals to kind of be able to step up and make up that difference," Newcomer said.

United Way funds programs within 25 partner agencies in the county.

Less funding would mean those programs would have to be scaled back, Newcomer said.

Individuals and businesses can learn more about the organization and how to donate by visiting www.unitedwaywashcounty.org or by calling 301-739-8200.

"I can't think of a more broad-based way of giving to the community and touching more people at the most fundamental and basic needs," Newcomer said.

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