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United Way reaches all-time record
March 09, 2012 Jerry Purvis   

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Once the figures were compiled, United Way of Western Nebraska had more then reached their all-time fundraising record, they raised a lot more.

“We set an all-time goal of $350,000 and ended up with $382,462.76,” said United Way Executive Director Steph Black. “We were kind of worried about even making our original goal this year because of the economy. Agriculture had a good year, but things are still kind of slow.”

Black credited the agency’s 21 Pacesetter businesses that implemented payroll deduction among its employees. The also did some extra in-house campaigning fundraising for United Way.

“Regional West Medical Center actually raised $20,000 more than they did last year through payroll deduction, which was a huge increase,” she said. “They got a lot of people involved.”

She added all Pacesetter businesses met their goal and 19 of them exceeded the goal. About 65 percent of campaign funds come from payroll deductions.

Special events also play an important in fundraising. The Duck Dash, the golf tournament and the masquerade ball raised another $60,000 for the last campaign.

“We have such a generous community and we’re already starting to work on this year’s campaign,” Black said. “We got a lot of new people and new businesses involved this year. Over the campaign, our loaned executives made 140 presentations for United Way. It took the whole community to have a successful campaign.”

Black said all the money raised will stay in the local community. The amount just raised will start going out in July for agencies that are now applying for funding.

“It’s actually teams of volunteers from the community who visit those agencies,” she said. “There’s always more need than what we have money to fund, so the entire group of volunteers decide who to fund at what levels.”

United Way funded 18 agencies last year and many of them have applied for support this upcoming year. They’ve also received applications from new agencies that have not applied before.

Current United Way agencies include CAPWN Assets Building Choices, CAPWN Western Nebraska Child Development Center, Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy, CAPstone, Carpenter Center, CASA of Scotts Bluff County, Cirrus House, Inc. Transitional Age Program, DOVES, Guadalupe Center, Human Services, Inc. Detox Center, Legal Aid of Nebraska, Longs Peak Council Boy Scouts of America, Monument Family Connections, NWCAP-Foster Grandparents Program, Panhandle Independent Living Services, Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center, Camp Scott Summer Program for Handicapped Children, and the Scottsbluff Senior Center.
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