The 2012 United Way Campaign has raised $516,430 so far this year, or 40 percent of the $1,310,000 million goal.
"The time to give is now," said Vince Horrigan, campaign chair. "I want to personally thank our volunteers who've put in so much time already, and who will continue to work tirelessly until the end of the year. I also want to thank those who've contributed to the campaign. Every donation is a statement that you care about the future of this community," added Horrigan.
Money raised through the annual campaign goes to support 19 partner agencies and 44 programs in southern Chautauqua County. Each of the programs that receive funding must show positive outcomes in the areas of education, income, or health. More than 40 United Way volunteers carefully review each of the programs to make sure the services that are receiving money are showing results.
"The allocations process at the United Way is extremely rigorous," said Mr. Horrigan. "When we say your gift goes where it's needed most, we mean exactly that. But not only are your dollars being invested wisely, they're being invested locally. In fact, not one penny that's donated to the campaign leaves this area."
Horrigan also stressed the importance of wrapping up United Way workplace campaigns by the end of November.
"We hope to have these campaigns finished before the rush of the holidays," said Horrigan. "It's also important for individuals to get their donations in soon so we can add that to our total. November is a big month for us at the United Way, and it will take all of us working together for us to reach our goal."
For more information about the United Way or the 2012 Campaign, call 483-1561, visit us at www.uwayscc.org, check Facebook: United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, or follow on Twitter: UWayof SoChautCounty@uwayscc.