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United Way effort kicks off in Franklin County

September 14, 2011|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The United Way of Franklin County’s annual campaign officially got under way on Wednesday.

“We’re going after the highest goal we’ve ever set, because the money is desperately needed and we’ll meet our goal,” campaign Chairwoman Pam Anderson said.

This year the goal is to raise $750,000 for Franklin County’s agencies from Sept. 14 to Feb. 14.

Despite tough economic times, United Way Executive Director Amy Hicks thinks the goal is attainable.

“I think people recognize the need is great and for those who are working, for those of us who have steady jobs that are fortunate …  I believe people will give back because they want to help,” she said.

Approximately 130 volunteers, corporate leaders and donors kicked off the United Way campaign at the Orchard’s Restaurant in Chambersburg on Wednesday.

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Melanie Furlong, director or Community Relations at Lutheran Home Care and Hospice in Chambersburg (Pa.), said a large percentage of her staff gives to the United Way.

“Most of our care is covered by insurance, but not everyone has insurance or the ability to pay,” Furlong said, “We don’t turn someone away because they don’t have the ability to pay. So, this money helps us care for those people.”

Andrea Mowen, clinical manager for therapy at Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital, said while the goal is steep it can be achieved.

“I do think it’s achievement. I think we need to get out there and support it and really challenge our givers. Even a dollar helps,” Mowen said.

Hicks said on Friday four of the United Way thermometers will be placed in prominent locations in Chambersburg, Greencastle, Pa., Waynesboro and Mercersburg, Pa.

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