Campaign officials said the campaign is coming in approximately 7 percent ahead of last year, but not quite the 11-percent increase needed to achieve this year’s ambitious goal.
“Our campaign companies and loyal individual donors are right there with us, working hard to help us make this goal that is so important for our community,” Campaign Chairman Scott Remenschneider said. “What we need is for new people who’ve never participated before to step up and join the movement. Right now in Ottawa County, we have about 10,000 people participating in a county with a population of 250,000. If just 2,000 more people will pledge as little as $1 a week in 2012, we can make this goal — and, more importantly, continue the progress we’re making in health, education and financial stability for everyone in Ottawa County.”
Remenschneider said residents who are not able to give through their workplace can give online at www.ottawaunitedway.org; or mail a donation to United Way, P.O. Box 1349, Holland, MI 49422. Pledges can be accepted by phone or mail and billed quarterly in 2012, or donors can fulfill pledges via debit, credit or checking accounts at intervals they choose.
Call 616-396-7811 for a pledge form or download one at www.ottawaunitedway.org.
In addition, Michigan state income tax filers can check off a portion of their state tax refund as a donation to United Way, and it will go to the United Way office associated with their home ZIP code. In 2011, Greater Ottawa County United Way received more than $5,000 from Michigan tax filers through this simple program.
“A gift to United Way is a sound investment in our community,” said Greater Ottawa County United Way President Patrick Moran. “This year, for every dollar given to Greater Ottawa County United Way, the community is receiving a benefit of $2.36 in direct support to effective, local programs, leveraged grants and volunteerism.”