Preliminary projections indicate a potential $25,000 shortfall for this year’s United Way of McPherson County campaign. According to Anne Kirchner, executive director, the agency has secured an estimated $200,000 in pledges toward the $225,000 goal. “This year’s goal is ambitious, but it reflects the true needs of our community,” she said. “We must strive to reach the goal in order to properly assist our partner agencies.”
Funds raised through the annual United Way campaign remain in McPherson County and are used to provide grants to agencies providing critical human service programs. Each agency must demonstrate financial need for specific programs addressing health, education and income. In addition, those programs must meet one of the four priority areas identified by United Way as important to achieving positive community impact. Priority areas include providing basic needs, building self-reliance, preparing for life and rebuilding lives.
During 2014 United Way funds assisted more than 20 community impact programs associated with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America Quivira Council, CASA: A Voice for Children, Inc., Childcare Aware of Kansas, Circles of McPherson County, Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, Heart to Heart Child Advocacy Center, McPherson County Council on Aging, McPherson Family Life Center, McPherson Family YMCA, McPherson Housing Coalition, McPherson Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels, Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center, The Children’s Center, The Salvation Army and United Cerebral Palsy of Kansas.
“The annual campaign incorporates a collaborative donor base including individuals, small businesses, corporations and service organizations,” noted Sandy Ide who is serving as this year’s volunteer campaign chair. “More than 40 percent of campaign dollars are raised through employee campaigns hosted by area businesses and companies.” Ide emphasized one hundred percent of funds raised during the campaign remain in McPherson County.
“McPherson County is passionate about meeting the ongoing needs of its residents,” said Kirchner. “As we enter the final weeks of the campaign, I hope community members will recognize supporting the United Way movement is one of the most powerful, collective opportunities in which one can make a true difference.”
Donations can be made online at www.unitedwaymcpherson.org or mailed to United Way of McPherson County, P.O. Box 55, McPherson, KS 67460. All donations are tax deductible and should be postmarked by December 31, 2014.