United Way reaches 77 percent of goal

Published 9:40 am Friday, February 6, 2015

The Elizabethton/Carter County United Way is working its way closer to its goal of collecting $160,000 in contributions to be distributed to nine area agencies.
United Way Director Cheri Tinney said the agency has collected 77 percent of the goal and has until March 31 to raise the remaining funds needed for the local nonprofits supported by United Way funding.
The United Way’s collections jumped from 62 percent collected to 77 percent in the past few weeks after the agency received the pledged funds from the Washington County United Way along with other contributions.
“Since the start of January, we have raised $55,000, and that is just fantastic,” Tinney said. “We are hopeful that contributions will continue to move forward.”
Tinney plans to keep pursuing contribution options through the community until the campaign goal has been reached.
She estimates around $30,000 more is needed to reach the campaign goal.
“I feel we can meet our goal this year,” she said.
Tinney encouraged those who had not yet made a contribution to the 2015 campaign to do so. She said the agencies who receive funding from the United Way count on those dollars to carry out all of their services to their clients.
“If we do not meet our goal, it will be the agencies that will be affected,” Tinney said.
To make a contribution to the United Way, call 543-6975.
Agencies supported through the 2015 campaign are Adult Day Services, American Red Cross, Assistance and Resource Ministries, Boys & Girls Club of Elizabethton, Personal Support Service, Contact Ministries, Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center, Sequoyah Council Boy Scouts and the Neighborhood Service Center.
In addition to traditional means of contributing, Tinney said donations can be made online using Paypal through the United Way’s website, www.uwayecc.org.

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