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Two agencies short of goals

Friday, January 4, 2013

From Bulletin staff reports

The local United Way and local Salvation Army have fallen short of meeting their fund drives but still are seeking donations.

Tiffani Underwood, executive director of the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville, said about $625,000, “right at 83 percent” of the $750,000 campaign goal for 2012, has been raised and/or pledged.

“We’re still following up on a few companies yet to turn in pledge forms, and we’re encouraging any companies or individuals that have not yet participated in the campaign to reach out” to United Way, Underwood said. They can do that by making donations or, in the case of companies, allowing the United Way to come in and conduct a campaign, she said.

To make a donation, go to the United Way website at www.unitedwayofhcm.org; mail a check to P.O. Box 951, Martinsville, Va. 24114, or stop by the United Way office in the lower level in the SunTrust building in uptown Martinsville. The office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

“If we go into a company, employees can give by payroll deduction,” Underwood said.

“We encourage those who have not yet participated in the campaign to do so. It’s not too late. Every donation, no matter how small, can make a difference,” she added.

The 2011 campaign goal was $800,000, and nearly $715,000 was raised. That money provided funding for 23 health and human service programs by 20 agencies, Underwood said.

“We lowered the goal (for the 2012 campaign) to $750,000. We knew it would be a stretch, but the need is much greater than $750,000,” she said.

“We will continue to take donations through the month of January,” Underwood said.

Jan. 18 is the deadline for agencies to submit applications seeking United Way funding. A United Way committee will begin reviewing the applications around the beginning of February, Underwood said.

“If we don’t raise the funding, agency funding will be cut. I’d hate to see that happen in this community,” she said.

“The down economy continues to hurt the campaign. I think the workforce is down slightly in our community,” she said.

She said United Way is thankful for the donations that have been made and called this a “generous community.”

Lt. Lisa Knotts, commander of the Martinsville Corps of the Salvation Army, said the red kettle fund drive fell about $4,500 short of its $48,000 goal, but donations still are encouraged.

“We really want to meet our goal. I think we can do it,” she said.

Donations still may be made by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY and saying you want to donate to the Martinsville Corps red kettle drive; mailing a check to The Salvation Army at P.O. Box 551, Martinsville, Va.; or donating online at www.onlineredkettle.org/martinsvilleva, according to Knotts and online information.

The local Salvation Army met its $48,000 red kettle goal in 2011.

Knotts said she attributes the current shortfall to the economy and people being concerned about what will happen this year.

Proceeds from the red kettle drive fund not only Salvation Army’s Christmas programs but other programs throughout the year, such as sending children to camp, assistance with rent and utilities, feeding programs and youth programs, Knotts said.

 

 
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