United Way attains $314,000 local goalPublished 11:01am Wednesday, April 24, 2013
For the first time since 2004, the United Way of Otter Tail County can say it reached its annual campaign goal.
The organization, with a mission of improving lives in Otter Tail County by mobilizing the caring powers in the community, surpassed its 2012 campaign goal of $310,000 in March. A total of $314,000 has come in, according to Mary Phillipe, United Way executive director.
One of the biggest donations that came in to put 2012 over the top was a $1,500 corporate match from UPS, Phillipe said, along with a bunch of smaller donations. The United Way received $4,500 in pledges during the month of March.
Phillipe said it’s a great feeling to know the organization reached its goal.
“I think the economy is turning around,” she said.
She also pointed to a major increase in local business contributions and employees of those businesses who donated through payroll deduction.
Then there’s the hundreds of volunteers who are committed to the organization.
“Volunteers are engaged, and when they’re engaged, they give,” Phillipe said. “The key is people volunteering and engaging with United Way.”
The 2012 campaign brought in the most money in the past couple years. In 2011, the campaign of $325,000 fell short at $312,000, and $290,000 in pledges came in during 2010 for the $300,000 goal.
The money raised helps fund programs and initiatives. A few of the current local initiatives include Friends of Friends Fighting Hunger, Women’s Leadership Council, Project Community Connect Food Drops, Stuff the Bus, Coats for Kids, the Feeding Backpack Program, Familywize Prescription Discount Program and Stamp Out Hunger.
The 2013 campaign kickoff breakfast will be in September. The goal was increased to $320,000 for 2013.
“I feel comfortable that our donors will continue to believe in United Way,” Phillipe said.