The United Way Campaign Kick-Off began fundraising today with a picnic at IU Memorial Stadium. Berry Lessow, executive director for United Way of Monroe County, stated this year’s fundraiser goal is about 1.4 million dollars, 15,000dollars more than last year’s goal.
United Way will work for the next several months to raise money from corporations, small companies, and individuals in the community. Lessow explains, “We have been very fortunate that many people throughout the community, our generous with their donation to United Way. And generous with their understanding that we are working to make a significant difference , measurable, sustained difference in the lives of people who live here.”
The funds that The United Way raise go to boosting education, employment, and earning stability in Monroe County along with having resources available when a natural disaster occurs. They provide community members with a safe place to live, access to sufficient food, medical care, and many other services available to people who need them. One of their more successful programs is a free tax filling service.
“We offer free community tax that helps about 250 people file their income taxes, federal and state, no charge. Those are the sorts of the opportunities that people through United Way and our agencies. And their are many, many others to be able to save money and grow their savings.”
Lessow is optimistic about this year’s fundraiser. Last year, United Way raised six thousand dollars more than planned, and Lessow says he hopes for an even better outcome from the 2013 campaign.