Members of the United Way of the Bradford Area’s Board of Directors say they’re “proud of the giving that our community has provided us so far”, announcing that this year’s campaign is approaching 45 percent of the $340,000 goal.
The Board, collectively serving as this year’s co-chairs, is still quick to stress the importance of giving.
“’Catch the Giving Spirit’ could not be more appropriate for a campaign theme this year,” says Jodie Wagner. “We need everyone to join us in our efforts until we reach our monetary goal…which will enable so many of our local non-profits the opportunity to continue to provide the programs and services they do with support from the UWBA.”
Wagner says this time of year is difficult, as the Board is in the process of reviewing the Request for Proposals submitted by the local agencies for funding during the next calendar year.
“I can tell you that currently – just in applications submitted from two of our four funding streams – we have requests totaling nearly $400,000. As you can see, we (the Board) are already faced with tough decisions; not reaching our goal this year could be detrimental to some.”
The local United Way will continue solicitation efforts through December 15th, and will utilize the time until January 5 to make follow-ups and conclude the campaign.
“I hope to be announcing to you all that we not only met our monetary goal, we surpassed it,” said Mandi Wilton Davis, executive director. “That is obviously what we strive for, because the need is so great.”
Davis said she is in the midst of employee workplace presentations right now, but will be concluding those in the next couple of weeks. The office will then focus on follow-ups heading into the Thanksgiving holiday.
“I would like to tout our new donors this year,” she said. “We have received $1,800 from 16 new contributors, which is wonderful!”
The United Way is also preparing for its annual Soup Lunch, which is scheduled for Friday, November 10th. Hungry supporters may order a 12 ounce bowl of soup, which also comes with crackers and a homemade treat, for $5. Orders may be placed until the end of the day on Wednesday (November 1st). Davis encourages placing orders by emailing email@example.com or calling 814-368-6181.