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United Way goal: $2.3 million

Marie Havenga • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:07 AM

Last year’s target of $1.9 million was exceeded by nearly 8 percent.

Remenschneider said it’s more difficult to reach a goal now than it was in the beginning or middle of the recession because the reality of budget cuts has hit. But Remenschneider said he’s confident Ottawa County residents will again dig deep and make it happen.

“I firmly believe this county can get to the $2.3 million,” said Remenschneider, a vice president for Huntington Bank. “There’s a tradition in this county and a generosity of spirit that I think is unmatched.”

Remenschneider, who volunteers with his wife and two children, said the United Way’s ability to leverage dollars is no match for legislative cuts.

“I don’t lose sleep over $2.3 million,” he said. “We’re going to nail this thing. We really are.”

Greater Ottawa County United Way President Patrick Moran said like many businesses and individuals in a downturned economy, his agency has learned to do more with less.

Even though wallets may have shrunk, volunteer hours are up, according to Shannon Morton, director of volunteerism for the local United Way. She estimates there are 1,000 more volunteers this year compared to 2010.

“People are definitely volunteering and definitely getting involved,” Morton said.

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