United Way kicks off campaign

Published 9:00 am Sunday, September 14, 2014

The United Way of Freeborn County kicked off its 2014 campaign this week with business and nonprofit leaders in the community.

The organization aims to raise $566,000 through the end of the year, said Executive Director Ann Austin.

In 2013 the United Way raised $550,000.

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Austin said this year’s goal is about $130,000 less than the goal last year, mainly because of the organizations that applied for funding.

Funding will cover 26 programs plus an estimated $129,000 in operating expenses.

Agencies that applied for finding were Adult Basic Education, Albert Lea Family Y, Arc of Freeborn County, Catholic Charities, Cedar Valley Services, The Children’s Center, Crime Victims Crisis Center, Crisis Response Team, Group Support Services, Healthy Families, Parenting Resource Center, Semcac and Senior Resources.

“If you’re interested in solving problems in the community then the United Way is an organization you should support,” Austin said. “Not only financially, but get involved as a voice. “

Addison said this will probably be the last year the organization plans to have a campaign kickoff and estimated in future years its campaign will be more ongoing with awareness events throughout the year.

The United Way had been encouraging collaboration.

The kickoff featured a presentation by a consultant with the Blandin Foundation about Leaders Partnering to End Poverty and poverty in Freeborn County.

Upcoming United Way events include the Haunted Walk Oct. 31 and a wine tasting Nov. 7.

There will be Leaders Partnering to End Poverty advocacy and outreach monthly.

The United Way can be reached at 373-8670.