There’s just one week until the books close on the United Way of the Bradford Area’s 2013 campaign, and officials are saying the final stretch will be the most difficult.
“We are at 93% of goal, which is a success, but we need a really strong push and follow-up to hit that $330,000 mark,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis. “It’s going to be tough, but we will do the absolute best we can to ensure that the agencies are able to be fully funded in the next year.”
And, Davis is encouraging anyone who wants to make that end-of-the-year donation to stop at the UWBA office anytime today.
“Our office will be open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, so you can make your final tax-deductible charitable contribution.”
Local agencies which have been awarded funding from the 2013 campaign have been notified of what their allocations will be based on the full $330,000 being raised. But, if the campaign falls short of that goal, the agencies will notice a reduction in their monthly allocations, which could be detrimental to some.
“There are several of the funded agencies that are literally relying on these allocations, down to the last dollar,” said Davis. “Any hit to their United Way budget could mean that other areas are going to see a subsequent hit, which could mean a reduction or complete depletion of programs and services.”
Campaign Co-Chairs Mary Boser and Lisa Boser-Miller are stressing the importance of giving.
“We truly need the entire community’s support,” said Mary.
Lisa echoed those remarks, adding, “Think of it as an investment, which is truly is. You’re investing in the future of your friends, neighbors and the community as a whole.”