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Franklin County United Way making final push to reach goal

February 21, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - As she brushed snow off the United Way goal sign outside her office Wednesday, Executive Director Amy Hicks said she hoped for a flurry of donations in the final days to hit the $750,000 target of the 2007-08 campaign.

The campaign is about $25,000 short of the goal as the Feb. 29 deadline approaches, Hicks said. As of Wednesday, the thermometer sign on Coldbrook Avenue that marks the progress of the campaign was stuck at 97 percent.

"We are asking the community to step up to the plate and help their friends and neighbors, especially in this time of economic uncertainty," Hicks said. The United Way of Franklin County made its 2006-07 goal of $715,000 in the final days.

"We raised our goal significantly this year because the need continues to grow," Hicks said. At the same time, however, the national and, to some extent the local, economies have weakened.

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"I think that is exactly the challenge we have this year," Hicks said. "As we approach the end of the campaign, a lot of the donations we expect to see have dropped off a bit."

The United Way helps fund 26 nonprofit agencies in the county, including programs benefiting children, senior citizens and the disabled.

The closing celebration scheduled for Thursday, March 6, will be different than the luncheon held in past years, Hicks said. This time it will be a mixer from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Capitol Theatre, she said.

For more information or to make a contribution, call the United Way at 717-262-0015 or visit the Web site at www.franklincountypaunitedway.org.

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