United Way fundraising goal almost fulfilled

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TRURO – The United Way of Colchester County is close to fulfilling its fundraising campaign goal.

Jennifer Rodgers, United Way of Colchester County executive director

Jennifer Rodgers, executive director of the local United Way, told the Truro Daily News that as of Monday morning, 95 per cent of its $230,000 goal set in the fall has been met.

“It’s really exciting … hopefully we will meet the goal,” said Rodgers.

More than $219,300 has been fundraised since the campaign was announced in September. Rodgers said the organization was still waiting on a few businesses to submit their fundraising results so final campaign results should be available in a couple of weeks.

From there the United Way will decide what programs and projects will be assisted thanks to the funds.

“We’re still not able to fund all the program requests we get …

there’s limited money for all these charities so people do look to the United Way” to lend a helping hand, Rodgers said.

She said the main focus areas for the organization are moving people out of poverty, creating healthy communities through social support and healthy living, and offering children the best opportunities.

Rodgers thanks everyone who has contributed to the fundraising campaign and reminds people there’s still time to make a donation.

“People recognize the money we raise stays in Colchester County and they recognize the impact it’s making.”

In 2013, the campaign raised about $200,000, although it had not set a specific fundraising goal. With the funds, 60 per cent of community requests were fulfilled.

To make a donation, or for more on the United Way, call 895-9313.

mchiasson@trurodaily.com

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