United Way sets $250,000 campaign goal


KEOKUK – During the week of September 18, 2017, the United Way of the Great River Region will kick off the Fall 2017 campaign with a goal of raising $250,000 to fund needs in the tri-state area.

This year’s theme, “Make a Difference Right Where You Live”, will support efforts in Clark, Hancock, and Lee counties to address three priorities:
Education: helping children and youth achieve their potential through education
Health: improving people’s health and access to services
Income: helping families become financially stable and independent

A video is available to learn more about the group’s mission and partnering agencies at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Mb4Q9qQqdQ&feature=youtu.be)

“Together we can do more than any one of us alone”, says Board Chair Pam Bierwirth. “United Way collaborates with local stakeholders to address specific community needs and we appreciate the community support during this past year.”

Some of the highlights this year include:
• Grant funding to 27 funded partnering agencies in the tri-county area

• Literacy projects in three elementary schools use volunteers to help students reading below grade level
• Volunteers enrolled in the 55+ Initiative/Retired Senior Volunteer Program provided services to 16 community organizations
• Volunteer Tax Assistance Program in partnership with the IRS helped 192 taxpayers
• Back-to-School Festival with Trinity United Methodist Church distributed 800 backpacks filled with school supplies

For every dollar that is donated, 99 cents of your gift to the United Way of the Great River Region stays here in the tri-county area. For more information contact, 319-524-4504.

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