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United Way short of goal

February 05, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

On Feb. 13, the United Way of Washington County will officially wrap up its 2008 campaign short of its $2 million goal. But that doesn't mean the volunteers and staff have thrown in the towel.

"As of Feb. 3, we are at 78 percent of goal," said Addie Staebler, United Way campaign director. That translates to $1,565,000.

Staebler said she is proud of the incredible support the 2008 campaign has received despite the bleak economic climate both locally and globally.

News of layoffs at two major companies with significant employee-driven United Way campaigns - Citi and Volvo Powertrain - didn't escape United Way's attention.

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"We have been focusing on small businesses and individuals with some success," Staebler said.

The hard part comes when the budget requests of the 27 member agencies have to be cut to match the shortfall if the campaign fails to reach or, at least, come closer to its goal.

"When we do that, it affects people's lives," Staebler said.

For more information about United Way, its agencies and how to make a contribution, call 301-739-8200. The United Way office is at 33 W. Franklin St.

The Web site is unitedwayofwashingtoncounty.org.

Contributions may be made on the Web site by clicking on the "donate now" function along the left side margin.

The finale will be Friday, Feb. 13 at Beaver Creek Country Club at noon.

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