United Way reaches campaign goal

Feb. 20, 2013 @ 06:00 PM

The United Way of Central Carolinas announced Wednesday that it surpassed its annual campaign fundraising goal.

The campaign raised $21,201,393–surpassing its $21.2 million goal.

“We’re here today to celebrate every donation received, regardless of size, because meeting this goal takes all of us coming together,” Jane McIntyre, United Way’s executive director, said in a statement. “Historically, of our 55,000 donors, over 33,000 give $100 or less, so it truly adds up. But I have to especially thank Duke Energy for initiating this challenge right when we needed it, and to Bank of America, Family Dollar and Ingersoll Rand for answering that challenge.”

United Way Regional Vice President Richard Heins was pleased with the results.

"It feels good," he said. "We still have some work to do because things are still coming in...(we) still have some loose ends to tie together...we're excited about hitting that number."

The money raised will support 19 agencies and about 28 different programs in Union County, Heins said. Last year, about 40,000 people in Union County were assisted by United Way agencies, he added. 

The campaign had a late start because of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte and other major events. The lagging economy is also still a factor.

"In these tough economic times, that's huge success," Heins said. 

He added that the needs are still greater than the funds they can raise.

"We still wish we could have raised more because the needs are still greater than ever," Hein said.

The organization is very excited about the amount raised, he said.

More than 33,000 donors gave $100 or less to this year's campaign, the statement from the United Way said.

"Every gift really does matter," Heins said. "Everybody's gift adds up to a number that can really help people in need." 

The next step is for the volunteer community investment councils to determine how to distribute the funds. The councils have started their review and will vote on the funding in June.

"We certainly appreciate what everybody did to really help the community raise these dollars because these really are community dollars," Heins said. "We're excited the community responded the way they did."