4/9/2013 9:41:00 AM United Way reaches 95 percent of goal; $70 for 70 Years drive launched
Submitted to Harbor Light Newspaper
Char-Em United Way announces that it has reached 95% of its 2012-2013 Campaign goal, with only one month left to go in the campaign.
"As we mark our 70th anniversary in the Charlevoix and Emmet community, we are encouraging our supporters to donate "$70 for 70 years" to help us reach our $425,000 goal by the end of April," says Steve Andreae, United Way Board President. "We have an online fundraising page for contributions honoring our anniversary at http://www.charemunitedway.org/news/help-us-celebrate-70-years ."
The Frey Foundation has offered an additional $30,000 challenge grant to United Way to match new and increased gifts.
"We are very motivated by the Frey Challenge," says Andreae. "With the human service needs so great in our community right now, we hope to be able to reinvest the maximum amount back into the services people need."
"This year, the number of funding requests from local agencies and the amount of funds
requested is greater than ever - almost $80,000 more than last year," continues Andreae. "I
encourage everyone who has not donated to the Campaign to make a donation now, before the end of April. A gift at any level will, when combined with those of others, help us to improve
the lives of people in our community."
Char-Em United Way's funding priorities for the year focus on Education, Income and Health,
with specific priority outcomes related to community needs in those areas. Agencies applying for United Way support must demonstrate their programs will effectively address those needs. Funds raised through the end of April will be invested this spring.
The United Way campaign raises funds to meet the needs of residents of Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. Last year, Char-Em United Way invested over $360,000 in effective health and human service programs reaching local residents. In addition, United Way supports initiatives including Volunteer Connections, Literacy Corps, Day of Caring 2-1-1, and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Funds raised stay local to support these efforts.
Tax-deductible contributions to the United Way 2012-2013 Campaign can be mailed to P O Box 1701, Petoskey MI 49770. Gifts can be made online at: www.charemunitedway.org. For more information about United Way call 487-1006 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org