Local United Way drawing closer to fundraising campaign goal

Published 5:20 am Thursday, January 12, 2017

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As the campaign deadline looms, the United Way of Elizabethton and Carter County is inching ever closer to this year’s fundraising campaign goal.
“We have $105,315 pledged or collected,” Community Impact Coordinator Josh McKinney said.
That amount brings the local United way to 84.25 percent of their annual campaign goal of $125,000. The agency has until the end of January to make up the difference in the campaign.
McKinney feels confident the agency can reach the $125,000 goal, but he said that does not mean they are going to take a break from working before the campaign is over.
“Our projections are good, but on some of those we won’t know until the end of the month,” McKinney said. “If our projections hold we have ‘bridged the gap,’ but since nothing is guaranteed, we are going to keep the pedal to the floor until everything is confirmed.”
With the campaign closing on Jan. 31, there is still time for local businesses and individuals to get involved and make sure that the local United Way meets the goal.
The funds raised by the United Way of Elizabethton and Carter County stay in the local community to provide financial assistance to support service agencies that provide for the needs of individuals in the community.
Currently, the United Way of Elizabethton and Carter County has seven partner agencies — Assistance and Resource Ministries (ARM), American Red Cross, the Boys and Girls Club of Elizabethton and Carter County, Contact 211 Ministries, Adult Day Services, the Elizabethton Senior Center, and the Neighborhood Service Center. Partner agencies receive a stipend each month from the agency. The local United Way also has two community action partners — Personal Support Services and the Sequoyah Council of the Boy Scouts of America — which receive a one-time allotment each year from the local United Way.
McKinney said the local United Way is still looking for individual contributions as well as donations from fundraiser events or business campaigns.
For more information on how you can help the United Way of Elizabethton and Carter County, or to make a donation, call the local United Way office at 423-543-6975.

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