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Published: Tuesday, 1/11/2011

Monroe County United Way fails to reach goal for 2nd-straight year

MONROE -- For the second consecutive year, the United Way of Monroe County failed to reach its annual fund-raising goal.

United Way raised $1,089,380, or about 91 percent of the $1.2 million goal that was set when the campaign began in July.

The results were announced last week at the Achievement Breakfast hosted by the United Way for campaign volunteers and supporters at the Monroe Center for Healthy Aging.

"I would like to thank everyone involved with the campaign this year. Times have been extremely rough for Monroe County residents, yet the generosity of so many has been encouraging," Diane Kamprath, 2010 campaign chairman, said in a press release.

"We are very pleased with these results," added Connie Carroll, executive director.

Last year, the United Way had announced $968,611 in pledges at the end of the 2009 campaign, short of the $1,225,000 target. However, the agency went on to gather additional funds to end with $1,046,000.

Mrs. Carroll said efforts will continue in the campaign in hopes of surpassing the fundraising goal before the annual meeting on March 31.

"Last year, we came close to meeting the goal. By the end of the event, we may do better than what we are announcing right now. We expect the figure to be higher in midyear," she said. "Our original goal was ambitious, but the team felt it was important to try to reach it."

United Way funds 39 programs and 25 partner social agency and community action groups in Monroe County.

The highest fund-raising year in the history of the organization was in 2003, when the agency pulled in $1,751,624. Collection efforts have steadily declined in the last seven years.

However, the campaign has surpassed the $1 million mark every year for the last 24 years.

With the campaign finished, United Way will now begin the process of distributing funds to the programs it supports. The funding year for those services will begin April 1.

Seven committees with five to eight members each will review applications from the agencies and community action groups. "We will start that process next Tuesday night when we meet with volunteers to talk about how much money we have to spend and getting that process started," Mrs. Carroll said.

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