Local United Way Campaign Surpasses $1.15 Million. Area Residents Can Help Organization Reach the Finish Line

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United Way of Deschutes County has surpassed the $1.15 Million mark in the fundraising effort to raise $1.2 million to help address urgent social service needs in Deschutes County.

Both the collective effort of workplace campaign volunteers and the generosity of local donors have been tremendous thus far. Area residents who have not yet donated are encouraged to pause a moment and consider directing a gift to help the organization reach its goal. An individual’s gift combined with that of others, has the power to help one-in-three residents of Deschutes County who find themselves in need of a helping hand.  With the help of area United Way donors, necessary basic human services reach over 72,000 local people of all ages.

With the current campaign running until June 30, 2012, area residents are encouraged to invest in the people of their community and assist United Way of Deschutes County in securing the remaining $50,000 needed to reach the $1.2 Million goal. This money is utilized to help support the thirty-three local social service programs that rely in part on funding from United Way. This funding is necessary to help ensure that United Way partner agencies are able to continue to provide the invaluable gift of assistance, sometimes life-saving assistance, to the growing number of Deschutes County residents in need.

As stated by Jeff Ludeman, Volunteer Campaign Chair for 2011/12, who last Fall completed his first ever 26 mile marathon to raise funds for United Way:

Only through dedication as a collective group can we help ensure that the most basic of human needs are being met in our community.” 

Your gift will be utilized where it is needed most. Your gift, combined with others, will help over 72,000 area residents reach their own personal goal and make it to the finish line.

Members of the community, both individuals and companies, can help United Way reach its goal. To learn more about LIVE UNITED, how to schedule a workplace campaign, or to make a pledge, contact the United Way office at (541) 389-6507, or view the Web site: www.deschutesunitedway.org. You can also mail donations to: PO Box 5969, Bend, OR  97708-5969.

About United Way of Deschutes County

Since 1953, United Way of Deschutes County has been helping people in our community to improve their lives and build a better community by tapping into the caring power of people and organizations. United Way systematically identifies unmet needs and critical issues, and brings together people and resources to address them. With the help of corporate, employee and individual donations, United Way touches one-in-three people in our community each year through programs that focus on our most urgent human service needs: helping kids get a great start in life, keeping youth on track for success, meeting basic needs of individuals and families, and keeping children and families safe from violence and abuse.  For more information call 541-389-6507 or visit www.deschutesunitedway.org.

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