Smethport Campaign at 35% of Goal

Support continues for the Smethport Campaign for United Way, as 35% of the $15,000 goal has been raised to date.

This is the fourth consecutive year that solicitation efforts have been managed by the United Way of the Bradford Area, and Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis says she is pleased with the status of the campaign so far.

“The residents of Smethport and the surrounding communities have shown how generous they are over the past several years,” said Davis, “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.”

This is the second year for the $15,000 goal; last year’s efforts raised just shy of $14,000.

“We were so close last year to meeting the goal,” Davis said, “we were confident in maintaining that amount, and pledge to work more diligently to incorporate new donors.”

With monies raised in 2014, 7 agencies located in or serving residents of the Smethport area received funding: CASA of McKean County; Children’s Advocacy Center of McKean County; Christian Community Services’ Food Pantry; Hamlin Memorial Library; McKean County 4-H; McKean County Cooperative Extension; and the Smethport Memorial Recreation Center.

For more information on the Smethport Campaign for United Way, or to make a contribution, visit www.uwbanews.org/smethport or call the United Way office at 814-368-6181.

Impact Apps Due Oct. 1

The United Way of the Bradford Area is currently accepting applications for the fourth-quarter for Community Impact funding.

Eligible non-profit agencies may submit a request for up to $1,500 for Community Impact funds. Awards will be given to programs or initiatives with the potential to make an immediate impact on the local community while being essential to the agencies mission. Priority will be given to those who have not received prior funding, who have supplied all necessary documentation, and request funding for programmatic costs.

Impact applications may be received by visiting United Way’s website at www.uwbanews.org, the United Way office, or by request at admin@uwbanews.org. Along with the application, it is being requested of applicants that a detailed budget of planned expenditures be included.

All applications are reviewed by a committee comprised of United Way Board members, with recommendations being presented to the full board for final approval. For more information regarding the application process, please contact the United Way.