WAPAKONETA — Since its campaign kick-off in October, the United Way of Auglaize County has raised more than $240,000 of its $300,000 goal this year to aid Auglaize County residents in need.
Though many have reported their results, United Way of Auglaize County Director Randy Fisher said approximately 18 workplace campaigns have yet to report.
“Some of our major donors out there have yet to contribute to this year’s campaign,” he said.
“AAP in St. Marys always has a very nice campaign for us, and we don’t have their numbers yet. American Trim in Wapakoneta also does a very nice campaign for us, and we don’t have their numbers yet. Everything makes a difference this time of year.”
With 82 percent of the campaign goal raised, Fisher said every donation makes a difference, and spreading the word is crucial in making this year’s campaign a success.
“What we really need is for folks to believe in our cause enough to write us a check and then to ask their neighbors to write us a check,” Fisher said. “That is probably the most critical thing we need right now. We need everybody in the county to realize that in order to achieve this goal, it’s going to take all of us working together and pulling in the same direction.”
Donations made to the United Way of Auglaize County directly help area residents in need. Money is directed to the United Way’s 20 partner agencies in the county, which include the Auglaize County Council on Aging, Mercy Unlimited, the St. Marys Youth Center and the Cancer Association of Auglaize County, among others.
Each partner agency promotes the education, income and health of county residents in need.
In 2010, Fisher noted, more than 25,000 area residents have been helped by one of the United Way of Auglaize County’s partner agencies.
“When you consider that over 25,000 people out of a county with only 46,000 people were served in 2012, that means that more than one in two Auglaize County residents were in some way touched by a United Way partner agency,” he said.
“If you take half of our county and realize that they need us more than they probably ever needed us before, that makes this campaign extremely critical.”
He noted that there is still time to make a tax-deductible donation.
“It’s not too late to get that tax deduction for 2011 by making a charitable contribution to the United Way of Auglaize County,” Fisher said.
Donations may be made to the United Way of Auglaize County, P.O. Box 18, Wapakoneta.
For more information on the United Way of Auglaize County, call 419-739-7717, go online to AuglaizeUnitedWay.org or “Like” the “United Way of Auglaize County” page on Facebook.