United Way of Nodaway County is gearing up for its fall fundraising drive, which organizers are hoping will raise at least $110,000 for area civic organizations, charities and non-profit institutions.
That's $5,000 more than the goal set by the local United Way Board of Directors last year.
This year's drive, which gets underway in September, will embrace efforts mounted by businesses, schools and civic organizations in hopes of encouraging employees, students and others to participate.
All funds collected will benefit organizations that provide direct services to Nodaway County residents.
The 16 agencies earmarked for funding in 2014 include:
∙ Maryville Ministry Center
∙ Nodaway County Senior Center
∙ Health Emergency Lifeline
∙ School health services
∙ Nodaway County Community Building
∙ Nodaway County 4-H
∙ Recreational opportunities for the disabled
∙ Pony Express Council, Boy Scouts of America
∙ Girl Scouting (Neb., Kan., NW Mo.)
∙ Second Harvest Food Bank
∙ Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nodaway County
∙ Catholic Charities (Northwest Permanent Housing Program)
∙ Children & Family Center
∙ Salvation Army
∙ Children’s Mercy Hospital
∙ Community Services Inc.
Ben Lipiec of Nucor-LMP is serving as chairman of this year's United Way campaign, which, as in the past, will begin with the naming of a "Pacesetter" organization whose role will be to set the tone for more broad-based fundraising efforts throughout the fall.
Last year's campaign kick-off leader was St. Francis Hospital & Health Services. The 2013 Pacesetter has yet to be announced.
Lipiec and the other volunteer board members are charged with planning and executing the drive as well as allocating funds among the various agencies.
The board evaluates all requests to ensure that applicants are providing Nodaway County residents with significant levels of service and assistance.
United Way of Nodaway County's Christi Search said additional board members are needed. Anyone interested in serving should email email@example.com or call (660) 562-3910 for more information.
Search added that supporting the campaign allows donors to assist a variety of charitable and civic organizations with a single contribution, which can be made through the workplace, mailed from home or sent via the Internet at www.nodawayunitedway.org.
EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles designed to update readers on the progress of this year's local United Way Campaign.