The United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades is approaching the conclusion of the 2012-13 United Way Campaign, with only four weeks left. As of Jan. 28, the campaign has raised just over $7.2 million, which is 90 percent of the goal of $8,060,193.
"We are humbled by our community's generosity and are thrilled to be at 90 percent of this year's goal," Robert Wilson, United Way campaign chair and vice president and general manager for Enterprise Holdings, said. "We will wrap up our annual campaign on Feb. 28, and we need everyone's help to reach 100 percent."
"What would happen if we did not make our goal?" he asked. "Our 70 partner agencies would not be fully funded for programs that feed hungry people, protect abused children, and help seniors live independently in their own homes. I hope you will share my passion and help make a difference in tens of thousands of lives."
"Despite a small improvement in the local economy, the needs of the hundreds of thousands of children, families and individuals have not lessened," Wilson continued. "United Way 211, the help line for information and referral to health and human services took about 18,000 calls for help a year before the downturn. The number of calls for help has actually increased each year and totaled 58,000 in 2012."
The support of the community will allow the Network of 70 United Way Partner Agencies and over 140 programs and initiatives to receive their full United Way funding. This means that essential human services will be available in our community at a time when there are record needs.
Since the inception of United Way in 1957, over 108 million dollars have been raised and distributed in our community.
All money raised in the United Way campaign stays in the local community to help support the local human service network. United Way Partner Agencies and initiatives such as the Alvin A Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center, Children's Advocacy Center, Harry Chapin Food Bank, The Salvation Army, and United Way 211 serve a diverse range of needs in our community.
In addition to raising funds for human service organizations in our community, the United Way promotes partnerships and collaborations among agencies and initiatives, helping them to work together focusing on issues and solutions that continue to improve lives. The United Way advances the common good by creating opportunities for a better life for everyone in our community.
Donate today by calling (239) 433-2000, or visiting the United Way website at www.unitedwaylee.org/donate.html.