Campaign Approaching 80%

With just a few short weeks to go in the United Way of the Bradford Area’s 2015 “Celebrating 90 Years” campaign, officials announced the drive is approaching 80 percent of its $350,000 goal.

While the campaign’s home stretch coincides with an already busy holiday season, Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis is confident the Bradford area’s generous residents won’t forget their neighbors in need.

“I will be honest is saying it will be difficult this year, but so detrimental to the funded agencies – especially given the current state budget impasse,” said Davis. “To have to couple an impasse that is affecting our local non-profits with a potential cut in their United Way allocation for 2016 could be disastrous.

“That’s why we’re asking for everyone to consider making a gift this year.”

Davis said that the additional expenses that these organizations will face once the budget passes (i.e. interest payments on loans and lines of credit) will make it difficult enough for maintaining operating budgets; they can’t afford to take further reductions in funding.

“I’m proud of our status right now given the various circumstances we’ve faced since the start of the campaign, but I can’t stress enough how far a donation to the United Way goes.”

The 2015 campaign will officially close on January 5th. If you haven’t made a pledge, but would like to, please contact the United Way at (814) 368-6181, via e-mail at admin@uwbanews.org, or online at www.uwbanews.org.