United Way raises $2.2M

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:22 PM

More than $2.2 million was raised for the agency during the year-long campaign, which concluded this week. That's about 97 percent of the $2.3 million goal for the campaign.

The money raised translates into $5.8 million of community benefit, said Patrick Moran, president of the local United Way.

Moran said he is disappointed they didn’t reach the campaign goal, but he is pleased to have raised 2.5 percent more than last year’s campaign. The 2011-12 campaign brought in about $2.1 million.

Although the agency came up shy of its $2.3 million fundraising goal, the number of residents volunteering time and skills in the past year exceeded the goal of 6,000. Moran said 6,933 people donated 128,288 hours of volunteer service, valued at $2.8 million.

Louann Werskma, director of development and communications for the local United Way, said more than one in four Ottawa County residents are somehow impacted by programs supported by the funding.

The organization supports 60 programs and more than 100 nonprofit agencies for education, financial stability, health and basic needs. The total community need is about $2.8 million, United Way officials said.

The campaign received 116 new or increased Leadership gifts, totaling $64,120, to meet a challenge in the Tri-Cities. This year, an anonymous donor matched up to $30,000 for each individual increase or new donation for the challenge.

One setback the organization faced this year was the loss of a $53,000 federal grant that it had received during the two previous campaigns. The grant no longer exists.

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