United Way struggling to reach goal

Jan. 14, 2013 @ 03:45 PM

With about a month left in the United Way annual campaign, the organization is at 88 percent of their fundraising goal. 

Their fundrasing goal this year is $21.2 million. So far they have raised $18.6 million. 

As of Jan. 10, at the current pace of donations, the campaign is projected to end $499,963 short of its goal, according to a statement released by United Way of Central Carolinas last week. 

"We certainly need some help," Richard Heins, regional vice president of the United Way of Central Carolinas, said. "So we're asking people if they haven't given, to please give, because the agencies need help." 

Heins believes the campaign got off to a late start for many companies because of the Democratic National Convention and the impact of Hurricane Sandy on some companies with a presence in the northeast. 

There have been some recent surprises that have helped the campaign close the gap, the statement said. Corporations, including PNC Bank, UTC Aerospace System and QuikTrip Corp. all donated more than $25,000 to the campaign. PNC Bank and UTC Aerospace Systems made donations in addition to their employee campaign. Two first-time, walk-in donors also helped to close the gap with their donations. 

"The good news is that the gap is steadily shrinking, we've made significant process in each of the last two months," Executive Director Jane McIntyre said in a statement. "But with only five weeks left until our traditional Valentine's Day deadline, the current pace would still come up short. We've had a handful of great surprises in the last month, now we need a few more."

The United Way supports numerous Union County nonprofits, including Union Habitat-for-Humanity, Union County Community Shelter, Union County Crisis Assistance Ministry, Turning Point, the Boys & Girls Club and other organizations that assist people in need.

Last year's donation are helping more than 350,000 people this year, a statement from the United Way said. 

Heins is optimistic that the organization can meet its fundraising goal. 

"We certainly need help," Heins said. "I think if we can get just a few people or if a lot of people could just give a little bit, we could certainly hit it. But we certainly need the community to rally to help us."

People interested in donating can call 704-283-1537 or visit www.uwcentralcarolinas.org.