The 2012 United Way Campaign has raised $712,166 so far this year, or 54 percent of the $1,310,000 million goal.
"With the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I would encourage folks not to forget about the United Way," said Vince Horrigan, campaign chair. "Your financial gift will help make sure the vital programs of our partner agencies continue to meet the needs of children, families and seniors living right here in this community."
Money raised through the annual campaign goes to support 19 partner agencies and 44 programs in southern Chautauqua County. Horrigan stressed the importance of making sure these programs are funded at the appropriate levels.
"For any of these programs to experience a cut in funding would be devastating," said Horrigan. "United Way partner agencies rely heavily on dollars raised through the annual campaign to administer the services and programs that literally thousands of people depend on. No other fundraising effort utilizes the entire community quite like the United Way does. This gives all of us the unique opportunity to help make a difference."
The United Way Campaign runs through the end of the year, with workplace campaigns wrapping up at the end of November.
"Our workplaces that ran campaigns should have their packets filled out and pledges returned to the United Way soon," said Horrigan. "In fact, much of December will be following up with individuals and businesses to make sure we get every penny we can. This is a team effort, and it will take the entire team working together for us to reach our goal."
The 2012 United Way Campaign officially kicked off Sept. 12 at the Girls Scouts Service Center on Horton Road. Since then, close to 60 volunteers have been hitting the streets to deliver packets and drum-up support.
"This is truly a volunteer-led initiative," said Vince Horrigan. "As our volunteers go, so goes the campaign. We are blessed to have a remarkable group of men and women dedicated to making this area a better place to live, work, and raise a family."
For more information about the United Way or the 2012 Campaign, call 483-1561, visit at www.uwayscc.org, check Facebook: United Way of Southern Chautauqua County, or follow on Twitter: UWayofSoChautCounty@uwayscc.