Although contributions are up 3 percent from last year’s campaign, they need to be up 5-6 percent to make this year's goal, said Patrick Moran, president of the local United Way.
Current projections show the campaign could reach just short of the goal at a little more than $2.2 million.
The bright side, says campaign co-chairperson Melinda Brink, is that they have raised more money than last year.
Moran said they set aggressive goals each year. But the community need also grows, which is about $2.8 million this year.
“I think that makes you work stronger toward the goal,” he said.
The agency's Be an Everyday Hero project asks residents to pledge $1 a week, or $52 a year, which the United Way says will provide 30 hours of after-school activities for an at-risk elementary student or $250 in prescription medication for a low-income senior citizen.
Moran said the organization directly supports 60 programs, and more than 100 nonprofit agencies for education, financial stability, health and basic needs.
Brink said working on the campaign provides her and her husband, Budd, an opportunity to give back to organizations that help fulfill the community’s needs.
“Our hope is that our community continues to support with time, talents and treasures,” she said.
For information about donating, or to donate online, visit ottawaunitedway.org. Checks can be sent to: Greater Ottawa County United Way, P.O. Box 1349, Holland, MI 49422.