The Smethport Campaign for United Way is currently sitting at 87 percent of the $15,000 goal, according to latest reports.
Even though the Smethport campaign is a separate fund from that of the UWBA, both campaigns began concurrently on August 15 and end on December 15, said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. The official close to the campaigns is January 5, 2016.
Besides Smethport Borough, the campaign also includes East Smethport, Crosy, Hazel Hurst, Ormsby, Cyclone, Gifford and Aiken.
Davis said the Bradford office is sending out follow-up letters this week, and the Smethport Chamber of Commerce has agreed to send information to its membership.
Two distributions are slated for 2016. Applications requesting funding are due March 1, with allocations distributed April 1. For the second round, applications will be due September 1, and allocations distributed October 1.
“This is the fourth consecutive year our office has managed the Smethport campaign, and it has worked out well,” Davis noted.
Shortly after the campaign opened, Davis said, “The residents of Smethport and the surrounding communities have shown how generous they are, and we know they feel very strongly about impacting the lives of their family, friends and neighbors through the agencies funded from our annual appeal.”
Funding from last year’s campaign went to seven agencies located in or serving the Smethport area: CASA of McKean County, Children’s Advocacy Center of McKean County, Christian Community Services, Hamlin Memorial Library, McKean County 4-H, McKean County Cooperative Extension and Smethport Memorial Recreation Center.
The former Smethport Area United Way, which was always operated as a separate entity with a small number of dedicated volunteers, disbanded when it faced difficulty in recruiting new personnel.
At that time, United Way WorldWide, the leadership and support group for the nearly 1,800 community-based UWs in 45 counties, placed the UWBA in charge of the Smethport campaign.