United Way Extends 2014 Campaign

By Anne Kirchner
January 13, 2015

In a final effort to reach its Campaign 2014 goal, the United Way of McPherson County campaign committee has extended the campaign deadline to January 31. Preliminary numbers reflect the agency has received $207,700.60  in pledges, which is 92.31 percent of the $225,000 goal. “It is important for United Way to extend an invitation to all McPherson County residents to give to the annual campaign. Every dollar counts,” said campaign chair Sandy Ide. “We have been very intentional about developing relationships with others, telling the United Way story and encouraging interested persons to donate.”

Executive director Anne Kirchner emphasized the campaign extension allows for confirmation of year-end corporate gifts. “In the next several weeks we will confirm pledges from several key corporate employee campaigns. It makes sense to invite all community members to join the efforts,” she said. “Ultimately, our work impacts all McPherson County residents.”

The annual campaign incorporates a collaborative donor base including individuals, small businesses, corporations and service organizations. Traditionally more than 40 percent of campaign pledges are obtained through employee giving campaigns sponsored by area businesses and companies. Funds raised during Campaign 2014 will remain in McPherson County and will be used to provide grants to non-profit agencies addressing critical human service needs. United Way partner agencies must demonstrate financial need for specific programs addressing health, education and financial stability.

During February, United Way of McPherson County will review funding applications and determine 2015 grants. Dollars raised during Campaign 2014 will determine the level of funds available to distribute to the partner agencies. “We are dedicated to assisting our partner agencies and supporting community impact projects,” noted Kirchner. “The more dollars we are able to raise, the greater impact we can make throughout McPherson County.”

Teresa Loffer, an advocate for the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Center is grateful for the support received from the local United Way chapter. “United Way helps our agency not only with financial aid but with program support, referrals and networking as well.” she said. “Please help the United Way reach this critical fundraising goal, our agencies depend upon it.”

During 2014, United Way of McPherson County dollars 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. United Way also financially supported several summer lunch programs, two reading initiatives and five preschool scholarship programs.

Donations to Campaign 2014 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.