Jamestown United Way at 41 percent of its annual goalNearly at the end of its annual fundraising campaign, the Jamestown United Way has raised about 41 percent of its $185,000 goal. It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s actually about the same amount as they had last year at the same time, said Ben Shannon, president of the Jamestown United Way Board of Directors.
By: Kari Lucin, The Jamestown Sun
Nearly at the end of its annual fundraising campaign, the Jamestown United Way has raised about 41 percent of its $185,000 goal.
It doesn’t sound like much, but it’s actually about the same amount as they had last year at the same time, said Ben Shannon, president of the Jamestown United Way Board of Directors.
Many of the larger businesses in town haven’t sent in their employee donations yet, which will likely make up the difference. However, individual donations are still needed and appreciated.
“If you want to donate to the community… (United Way) covers youth programs, it covers elderly programs — basically, places that impact the community as a whole,” Shannon said.
About 99 percent of the funds donated to the Jamestown United Way stay local. Each year during the charity’s budgeting process, organizations submit funding requests.
Many of the organizations that receive United Way funds operate quietly and largely behind the scenes. The Alano Society aids chemically-dependent people and their families, and Family Bridges provides a safe setting for parent visitations and exchanges.
Other organizations are larger and better known, such as the James River Family YMCA, the Buffalo Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the Arts After School program.
Jamestown United Way donations also go to the American Diabetes Association, Camp Rokiwan, Caring for Children, Child Care Resource and Referral, Consumer Credit Counseling, Jamestown Community Corrections Program, Legal Services of ND, Boy Scouts Northern Lights District, Professional Association of Treatment Homes (PATH), Girl Scouts–Dakota Horizons, Retired Senior Volunteer Program Plus, Safe Shelter, Sexual Assault Response Team, Senior Companion Program and Mental Health America.
Dec. 31 is the final day of the campaign, which started in September.
“We can still accept pledges,” Shannon said. “If anybody’s still looking to donate, ask your employer” or call 952-8929.
Checks can also be written to the Jamestown United Way, and sent to P.O. Box 85, Jamestown, ND 58402-0085.
“Right now, I’m confident we’ll meet our goal,” Shannon said.
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