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United Way of Franklin County is $15,000 short of goal

March 01, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The United Way of Franklin County is $15,000 short of its annual campaign goal with a few weeks remaining before the campaign closes.

Campaign work began in September 2010 to raise funds toward the chapter's goal of $720,000 to help the community, according to a news release.

"We're going to celebrate our closing on April 7. ... The planned campaign ended a few weeks ago, so what we're doing at this point is trying to see if we can get the extra help we need," Amy Hicks, executive director of the United Way of Franklin County, said Tuesday.

The remaining $15,000 would affect distributions to programs, Hicks said.

"Every bit we fall short is money we don't have to give them for the work they do," she said.

Several events are planned to help the effort, including Tubing Tuesday on March 8 at Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pa., from 4 to 10 p.m. Participants receive discounted rates for tubing and 20 percent of the proceeds will benefit United Way.

Participants in the program are required to present vouchers, which are available on the United Way website at www.uwfcpa.org or at the United Way of Franklin County office.

Orchards Restaurant will donate 10 percent of all food proceeds from March 20 to 26.

"We're excited about these new partnerships to help the campaign effort. The beauty of the events is that there is something for everyone, whether you'd rather be outside playing in the snow or inside for a relaxing dinner," Hicks said in the news release.

As United Way of Franklin County works to close in on its goal, donations may be pledged by calling the United Way office at 717-262-0015.

The United Way of Franklin County Annual Campaign is working to benefit programs at 27 local partner agencies of United Way, and to support the services provided through United Way. United Way works to strengthen the community through giving, advocacy and volunteer efforts, the news release states.

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