United Way Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign

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Campaign Chair, Paul Dango, IBM Global Client Director

ELIZABETH –United Way of Greater Union County launched its 2010 annual fundraising campaign on Sept. 1. Officials have set a goal of $4.3 million.

United Way raised about $4.1 million during its 2009 campaign, nearly 90% of its $4.3 million goal.  James W. Horne Jr., president & CEO of United Way of Greater Union County said that United Way organizations across the country struggled during 2009 to provide for their partner agencies and projects, and the Greater Union County branch was no exception.

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Debbie-Ann Anderson, VP of Community Resources of United Way, said that it’s hard to predict whether the organization could see the same trend during the 2010 campaign season. Anderson is hopeful that 2010-2011 will be better than 2009, which was arguably one of the more difficult years in terms of fundraising, she said.

“The need is still there. Even when the economy is good, you still have people who still have needs; the situation is as it always was,” she said. “We’re just trying to be a little proactive and make sure people understand why we’re here.”

“Never before has a team effort been more critical to our community’s well-being,” said United Way 2010 Campaign Chair and IBM Global Client Director, Paul Dango.  “The economy has taken its toll on so many of our neighbors and although there are signs of recovery, much help is still needed.  As this year’s campaign chair, I will continue to motivate our community to rally together by giving, advocating and volunteering.”

For more information on United Way of Greater Union County, visit www.uwguc.org.


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