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With the United Way signs disappearing, Thanksgiving gatherings a fond memory and our minds now turning toward Christmas, I would like to take this opportunity to remind you there is still time to give to the United Way of Perry County's annual fund drive.
The annual campaign, co-chaired this year by Don Gill of Best Chairs and Rita Mahoney of Old National Bank, was officially completed Nov. 1 but donations may be made through the end of the year.
The annual fund-raising drive helps fund local health and human services in our area. This year's campaign will help fund organizations such as Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cannelton Schools prevention programs, Perry County 4-H, Tri-County YMCA, Anderson Woods, Companion Care and Hospice programs at Perry County Memorial Hospital, Perry County Council on Aging, Visiting Nurse Association, Perry Central Family Outreach, Perry County Even Start, Perry County American Red Cross, Crisis Connection, Martin's Cloak Food Pantry, Salvation Army, SIRS Link-N-Go transportation program and Widow's Barrel Food Pantry.
You may recall seeing publicity for many of the other programs that the United Way of Perry County coordinates such as the Youth and Spring Days of Caring, the Perry County Food Coalition and their food drives on Election Day, the Stuff the Bus school-supply drive, and the Holiday Helpers United program that is in full swing right now.
These programs are made possible as well through your donations to the annual fund drive.
But the United Way is much more that just a fund-raising entity. The United Way of Perry County's local board of trustees are building unity in our community through collaborations and by bringing new programs to the community that will make a positive impact on our residents.
We are seeking ways to meet the emerging needs of the community we love. We are working to do what matters in our community.
In order to make all that happen in the coming year, we hope to raise $125,000 during this campaign.
Thanks to the generosity of many in our community, we have already received pledges of $53,000, but we still need your help to meet the upcoming needs of our health and human-service programs. One gift, whether it is large or small, will help thousands of people in our Perry County community by uniting with the gifts of other generous donors.
Our county is blessed to have so many organizations and programs such as the ones listed above that provide vital services to our county. Your gift to the United Way helps those programs continue to serve and strengthen our community.
Please look into your heart and consider making a gift to the United Way of Perry County today to help us continue to work toward what matters for the health and well-being of Perry County.
Donations may be sent to United Way of Perry County, P.O. Box 73, Tell City, IN 47586 or made online at www.unitedwayperryco.org. Thank you for giving from your heart and for making a difference in our county.
Fenn is executive director of United Way of Perry County.