United Way at 75 Percent of Goal

With only 4 days left in the United Way of the Bradford Area, Inc.’s annual appeal, the organization announced today that it has raised 75% of its $330,000 goal. The campaign officially closes on December 15, but the organization’s staff will continue to accept donations until January 5, 2013.

“Last year at this time, the appeal was at approximately 80% of goal. We truly need the entire community’s support to reach $330,000 and ensure that agencies can still receive the funding they need to continue services,” United Way Board President Vonda Reese said. “It doesn’t matter what you give, just that you give and invest in your fellow neighbor, especially during this holiday time.”

As always, United Way is stressing to the community the policy and practice of keeping 100% of the donations local. “We are committed to working to make sure we use every donor dollar to do the most good in the greater Bradford area,” said Executive Director Megan Minich. A separate solicitation for the newly-added Smethport area is ongoing until December 15, with the money raised available for eligible nonprofit agencies to apply for semi-annual Innovation grants.

“As we close in on our December 15 deadline for active solicitation, we encourage our community friends and neighbors to give to United Way so that the multitude of programs and services supported by campaign dollars can continue to operate on into the year 2013,” added Campaign Co-Chair Steve Cottillion. “In the end, it isn’t only about reaching a goal, but in meeting a need. The programs supported by United Way are vital to strengthening our community and changing lives in a positive direction.”

For questions regarding the 2012-2013 Campaign: LIVE UNITED or to make a financial donation, please contact the United Way office at 814-368-6181 or visit UWBAnews.org.

Pictured, children from the YMCA Pre-School Child Care Center, a United Way funded program, celebrate the news of reaching 75 percent of campaign goal.
United Way photo

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