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United Way of Perry County thanks donors

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PERRY COUNTY – Thanks to the donations of hundreds of Perry County residents, local businesses and their employees, the United Way of Perry County has successfully raised $87,850 in pledges to benefit programs focused on education, health and financial stability in Perry County, organizers said.

“Local residents really stepped up to the plate when we announced a few weeks ago that our campaign totals were not where they needed to be to keep running our programs and funding our partners at the same level. Donations totaling $9,000 arrived in just a few weeks,” said Executive Director Rebecca Fenn. “We are still shy about $11,000 from where we were at this time last year but I know the community will continue to send their gifts to help us meet our community needs.”
“We would like to remind our loyal retired donors that we still need their gifts. In recent years, many businesses have closed, which has eliminated many corporate and employee donations. Many generous donors have reduced or stopped giving upon retirement, some have moved away and some have died. Payroll deduction is a very convenient way to donate to United Way but it isn’t the only way … direct gifts are still very much appreciated.
“While the flow of donations has lessened, the needs are so much greater in our county that we need those new donors who understand how important it is to support the United Way’s work in education, health and financial stability to come forward to support us financially. I can’t tell you how many people tell us what good work we do but do not support us financially. Unfortunately, the new initiatives that improve our county and the good work being done by our partners take money to make them happen.”
Campaign Chair Bruce Knox added, “We are truly grateful for the donations of our supporters. Without their support, the United Way would not have made such a huge impact in our community over the last 35-plus years. It has been an honor to be involved with United Way on this level again.”
Knox served on the board of trustees for many years prior to 1991 when the United Way hired its first employee.
Opportunities still exist to donate. “If you are still on the fence waiting to see if we receive the funds we need, we want to let you know that we still need your caring donation,” reminded Fenn. “And the United Way of Perry County welcomes sponsorships of its programs too. Our programs include Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Youth Day of Caring, Holiday Helpers United, Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive, and various special events.”
The United Way of Perry County has become a leader in the community, convening organizations to address and meet the needs of the county. Since 2000, the United Way of Perry County has brought several large initiatives to life in Perry County. Leadership Perry County Class of 1997 was able to launch Big Brothers-Big Sisters in Perry County thanks to a $25,000 donation from United Way of Perry County. In 2004, the United Way brought together eight organizations that worked together to launch the Perry County Greenway.
United Way donations have been making a direct impact on our community’s health and human services organizations for almost 40 years.
“Our donors still get the biggest “bang for their buck” by giving to United Way because they are actually giving to 15-20 other nonprofits at the same time. Your $25 gift – that’s less than 50 cents a week – is helping the children of an at-risk family get a good start in school by providing the necessary supplies they need to succeed and a donation of $52 … a dollar a week, provides food for a week for a needy family of five. The examples of how your gifts impact the residents of our county could go on and on, that’s how important your donation to United Way is to our community. You sustain the work that our nonprofits do, day in and day out,” Fenn shared.
To join friends and neighbors in making a significant impact in Perry County, you may make an additional donation or perhaps donate for the first time by sending your gift to United Way of Perry County, P.O. Box 73, Tell City, IN 47586.
If you have any questions about the United Way and its work to improve lives in Perry County, please contact Rebecca Fenn at unitedwayperry@gmail.com or call the office at 547-2577. Other information about the United Way of Perry County may be found at www.unitedwayperryco.org.