United Way is 2 percent from its goal

Jan. 29, 2013 @ 03:19 PM

In spite of a late start and losing some major donors, the United Way is only 2 percent short of its annual campaign fundraising goals. 

The organization is looking to raise $21.2 million in 2012. As of last week, they were about $500,000 short of their goal. There are about three weeks remaining before their Valentine's Day deadline. 

"We're really close," Richard Heins, United Way regional vice president, said in a statement. "(We) just need a few more contributions."

Executive Director Jane McIntyre stressed in a press release that they can meet their goal is everyone chips in. 

"The overwhelming majority of United Way donors give $500 or less and that's what we need now," McIntyre said in a statement. "If others chip in, dollar by dollar, we'll get there." 

While some key donors are willing to give more, McIntyre noted in her statement that they cannot do it on their own.

"Any contribution is important," Heins said. "So whether it be $5 or $10,000, every gift adds up to a lot."

Due to the growth in Union County and the poor economy, more and more people have gone to United Way agencies for assistance. 

"It's really critical that we meet (our) goals," Heins said. "(To) fund programs that are really needed."

The organization has raised $20.7 million toward their campaign so far. 

"I really want to thank the people who have already contributed," Heins said.

He added that the organization is thankful for them. 

The United Way of Central Carolinas serves nonprofit organizations throughout the region. In Union County, the organization offers financial assistance to Turning Point, Union County Community Shelter, Crisis Assistance Ministry of Union County, Union County Habitat for Humanity, Union County Red Cross, Council on Aging in Union County, The Arc of Union County, Literary Council of Union County and other agencies.