Campaign at 55% of Goal

This ‘cool town with warm hearts’ continues to rise to the challenge, as the United Way has raised 55% of the $350,000 campaign goal.

Campaign Co-Chair Diana Ferguson wants to remind everyone, however, that there is still a ways to go.

“The generosity of so many will result in a great number of individuals receiving services through the many programs that are funded by the United Way.”

Co-Chair Francie Ambuske echoed those remarks, adding “We’re more than halfway home. Remember that we all share in taking care of our community, so when you’re asked to give to this campaign, give it serious consideration.”

The United Way Board of Directors is in the process of reviewing applications for funding for the 2016 calendar year. Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis said that this is always a stressful time because there are typically thousands more in requests than what is available to allocate.

“It really reiterates how important it is that we not only reach that goal, but exceed it,” she said. “We have seen requests totaling nearly $50,000 more than what we have to give out, so we know a lot of very difficult decisions have to be made in the coming weeks.

“But, the donors can rest assured that this responsibility is not taken lightly by the board members, and a lot of time is being taken to make sure those decisions are made in the best interest of our community,” said Davis.

Direct solicitations for the campaign end December 15, but United Way accepts donations and pledges through January 5 for any end-of-the-year giving.

The campaign team, never wanting to miss an opportunity to express appreciation for the success so far, say, “Thank you all and, please keep the pledges coming!”