United Way campaign more than halfway toward goal

By Craig Kelly - [email protected]

LIMA — The United Way of Greater Lima is more than halfway toward its goal of raising $2 million during its annual campaign.

At a mid-campaign breakfast Friday at the St. Rita’s Auxiliary Center, campaign organizers and community members were updated on how the fundraising efforts have progressed since the campaign officially opened in early September, with this year’s theme being “The Power of 1.” The campaign also started with a “Day of Caring,” in which 200 volunteers from area businesses conducted service projects throughout the area.

“We’re at about 60 percent of the $2 million goal we have for this year,” United Way president and CEO Carol Braden-Clarke said. “We’ve raised $1,191,692 so far.”

Braden-Clarke credited that number to a successful pilot campaign in which several area businesses raised funds within their organizations prior to the campaign’s official kickoff.

“We had a very strong start with our pilot companies who ran their campaign early to set the pace for the overall campaign,” she said. “Those pilot companies raised $779,000, and those were St. Rita’s, Lima Memorial, Webb Insurance, Husky and others.”

Money raised through the United Way campaign will go to 20 local agencies that assist residents in the areas of education, income and health.

“The important thing to remember about the United Way is that it’s local,” Braden-Clarke said. “When you make a contribution to the United Way, you’re helping people in your own community, and the money will stay in the community to support services that are helping people.”

People wishing to make a contribution to the United Way of Greater Lima campaign can call 419-227-6341 or make a donation online at www.unitedwaylima.org.

“It will run through Dec. 9, but we’ll continue to take pledges, even if we don’t reach our goal,” Braden-Clarke said. “We still have work to do, but our goal is within reach.”

By Craig Kelly

[email protected]

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.

Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.

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