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Record United Way Giving
Thursday, 31 January 2013

January 31--  Local United Way volunteers were estatic at last November's Victory Luncheon when the 2012 campaign exceeded its goal of $465,000 by $46,000.  

Now they're even happier with the announcement that final contributions pushed the total to a record high, according to Executive Director Patricia Dixon.

"It's the most our campaign has raised since I've been here for 14 years.  We hit $536,601.  In 2010 we had our highest previous amount at $536,598.  After the campaign victory celebration, we really wanted to get busy and see if we could get a least one dollar more than what we had ever gotten before and we've been successful thanks to the community wanting to make things better here," she said.

Dixon says 22 community service agencies in Toombs, Montgomery and Wheeler counties will benefit from the record campaign.  Now it's up to the United Way allocations committee to see who gets how much,

"We're about to have an allocations committee meeting where a group of  citizens will divide up into teams and go into the agencies and see exactly how they're using the United Way money and make sure it's being used like they said it would be used.  Then they will come back and decide how much each agency will get," Dixon reports.

Dixon says it's important to remember that 99% of the campaign money goes to local United Way agencies.  The remaining one percent goes to the National United Way organization to pay for affiliation support.

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