Bradford Campaign at 95%

The conclusion of the United Way’s 2016 campaign is three short weeks away, and the local efforts are currently $15,000 short of the $340,000 goal.

“It’s been a wonderful two weeks, as we’ve collected $35,000 is pledges and gifts,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis.  “We’re getting so close.  I am hopeful.”

For their part, campaign co-chairs Andy and Heather Bell are hoping local donors take pride in the current status.

“We want to personally thank all of this year’s donors, but also those who’ve given in the past that we haven’t heard from yet, because our successes would not be so numerous without the consistent generosity of our community members,” said Heather Bell.

Andy Bell is encouraging those who haven’t committed to a financial gift to consider doing so today.

“If you can give a little or a lot, a donation to the United Way is a great way to make an impact.  Our goal is a community that is ready and able to meet the needs of its citizens, and when you give to the United Way, your support is helping to make that goal a reality.”

This year’s efforts will be used to fund 20 programs and services provided by 14 local non-profit agencies with monthly allocations beginning on January 1, 2017.  When including quarterly funding awards, the local United Way averages 40 funded programs and services annually.

The 2016 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.  The office will be closed Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday, but will re-open at 9:00 am on Tuesday, December 27.

 

Smethport Campaign at 83%

The Smethport Campaign for United Way has raised $12,500, just $2,500 short of goal with just less than a month remaining in this year’s appeal.

This is the fifth year that the United Way of the Bradford Area office has managed solicitation efforts for the Smethport community, and each year has seen an increase in contributions.

“The generosity of the Smethport donors has shown in the continued successes of each campaign and, subsequently, that means more money is allocated to programs and services in that area,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis.

Davis says that since 2012, nearly $60,000 has been raised – including what has been pledged or directly contributed in 2016.

“The Smethport community should be very proud of what they’ve provided to their friends and neighbors by way of United Way giving.  It’s been greatly appreciated by our staff and Board of Directors, but most importantly by the funded agencies.”

The campaign officially closes on January 5th, and the first allocation of funds will be made April 1.

“We will have two deadlines for submitting an application for funding; March 1 and September 1,” said Davis.  “Any non-profit, health and human service organization providing services to the Smethport area is eligible to apply for funding.”

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.

Port Allegany Campaign Reaches 68%

There’s still time for residents of the Port Allegany community to make an impact on the lives of their neighbors and friends, as the Port Allegany Campaign for United Way reaches 68 percent of the 2016 goal.

Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis says as contributions continue to come in for the appeal, it’s the kindness of the donors that will allow local agencies to benefit, making their programs and services possible.

“As the holiday season is upon us, we are reminded of our blessings, but those in need are certainly our focus,” said Davis.  “The agencies that will receive funding from this campaign are heavily relied upon in the Port Allegany area, and we want to ensure continued success for them and the residents.”

The United Way of the Bradford Area began managing the solicitation efforts for Port Allegany earlier this year.  At the time of the transition being announced, Davis stressed the generosity shown by donors to the previously-known Port Allegany United Fund.  She said that generosity has been prevalent during the new fundraising process.

“We’ve had a great response to the campaign so far; but, we continue to ask for the public’s support in meeting that goal.”

The monetary goal for the campaign is $15,000.  The money raised from now through January 5, 2017 will be allocated to eligible non-profit, tax-exempt organizations in Port Allegany during the 2017 calendar year.

Bradford Campaign at 85%

As the end of the 2016 United Way campaign, “Color Our World A Better Place”, nears, there is still $50,000 to be raised to reach the $340,000 goal – but local personnel are confident it can be done.

“We’ve seen the generosity of this community time and time again, and we know the work being done with United Way funding is imperative to the successes of our area, so right now we’re feeling good about our status,” said Executive Director Mandi Wilton Davis.

Led by campaign co-chairs Heather and Andy Bell, this year’s efforts will be used to fund 20 programs and services provided by 14 local non-profit agencies beginning on January 1, 2017.  With quarterly funding awards, Davis says those numbers will likely double by the end of the 2017 calendar year.

“We average 40 funded programs and services annually, which is a true testament to the wonderful work being provided by our local non-profits.  Each are continuing to meet the needs of our community based on their organizational mission, and we’re so proud to collaborate with each of them,” said Davis.

The 2016 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.