Donors and organizations in Marion County gathered at the Robert Mollohan Research Center Wednesday morning for a celebration of the end of the 2018 fundraising campaign.
Campaign Chair Tina Shaw had an ambitious goal for the last campaign, and it was one of the highest set in the county.
“Our goal was $475,000 this year, but we knew with all of the support that we had and all of the events that we had planned, we could possibly reach that goal,” said Shaw.
As it turns out though, that wasn’t the number the campaign has raised: it was actually higher. Shaw announced at the meeting a total donation of more than $510,000. This is the first time the United Way of Marion County has had more than half-a-million dollars to distribute between all the organizations they serve each year.
“And if it wasn’t for our volunteers and the givers and the people supporting, we could have never raised that amount of money. I am so pleasantly surprised and excited to announce this goal,” Shaw said.
Every dollar raised goes right back into the organizations that are supported by the organization, many of which rely on that support for the work they do helping people in and around Marion County.
“Being a United Way agency, we support 22 non-profits and so by doing that, I think people get the biggest bang for their buck is when they give to the United Way,” said Shaw.