As of Tuesday, more than $1 million in gifts and pledges had been tallied toward a goal of $2.3 million.
Campaign Chairman Scott Remenschneider said that local United Way staff and campaign volunteers are out in force to try to raise 11 percent more than was raised last year. They aim to meet what is anticipated to be an increased need among the 59 community partner programs supported by the campaign, he said.
So far, Remenschneider noted, companies and individuals have responded generously and enthusiastically.
United Way President Patrick Moran said that many other workplace campaigns already completed have increased over last year — with the average increase being approximately 7 percent, but with some showing much greater gains.
“This isn’t just good news for the campaign, it also signals a stronger employment picture in Ottawa County, and that’s good news for our community all around,” Moran said.
Despite the good news, Moran said those who are not employed continue to struggle. As an example, he said United Way partner agencies have been busy providing increased numbers of Thanksgiving food baskets and other support to needy Ottawa County families this week, and many partner programs are facing reductions in state and federal funds.
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