United Way pushes for donations to reach $1.6 million goal

January 14, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION |

WASHINGTON COUNTY — With about a month left in its annual fundraising drive, the United Way of Washington County is making a push for donations to help it meet its $1.6 million goal, a spokeswoman for the organization said.

About $1.37 million has been raised so far, Addie Nardi, resource development director for the United Way of Washington County, said Thursday.

The organization expects to receive more funding through corporate campaigns and from individuals, donations that are expected to propel the amount raised to just over $1.5 million, Nardi said.

The United Way had its last campaign meeting Thursday, and members talked about a media push as a way to emphasize the importance of the contributions, she said.

The best chances for getting contributions will come in the form of corporate foundation gifts and individual contributions, she said.

Given the generosity of the community, Nardi said she thinks meeting the goal is possible.

"It's in our reach," she said.

As an example of the community's generosity, Nardi said the Salvation Army recently talked about not having enough toys for a Christmas campaign.

Nardi said the United Way put out one e-mail about the need for toys and drew an immediate response from the community.

  Money raised for the local United Way benefits 26 nonprofit groups such as the Red Cross of Washington County and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

  The United Way's goal was $1.8 million in 2009, and about $1.53 million was raised.

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