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Strong support from the community helped push Allegany County United Way’s annual fundraising campaign beyond its goal of

 $340,000. The total raised this year is $361,531 which is $21,531 over the goal and $10,767 more than last year. 

“We are overwhelmed by this generous support, and are excited to think about the ways people’s lives will be improved as a result. These funds will be used to support local organizations with programs focusing on education, health, income self sufficiency and critical needs,” said Barbara Bates, Executive Director of Allegany County United Way 

.Joyce Weimer, United Way's Campaign for 2015’s Co-chair said “This proves $1 + $1 really adds up. The outpouring from all donors demonstrated their awareness of the needs in our county. I wish I could personally thank every donor for the difference they will be making. Thank you!”  

"It is a rare thing to find a community that believes so wholeheartedly in creating positive change and leverages the necessary resources to do so," Campaign Co-chair Peter Brown said. 

United Way recognized three companies for outstanding workplace campaigns. Dresser-Rand, Wellsville, employees contributed $31,296.  Otis Eastern Service employees contributed $28,876. ARVOS (Formerly known as Alstom Power Inc. Air Preheater Company) employees contributed $8,438. 

“We are especially thankful for the Campaign Coordinators who volunteer their time and effort to run United Way campaigns within their organizations. Many hours are spent by these individuals communicating with their fellow employees about the United Way, planning fun fundraisers and keeping track of necessary paperwork. The success of United Way’s campaign is due in large part to their dedication and hard work,” said Barbara Bates. 

These funds will be used to provide grants to local non-profit programs that will improve people’s lives and create meaningful, lasting change in the areas of health, economic self-sufficiency, education, and critical needs here in our local community.

Organizations desiring to apply for a United Way Grant are encouraged to visit the United Way website at www.acuw.com for information, instructions and deadlines, or call the ACUW office at 585-593-0020. Letters of Inquiry for 2014-15 funding are due by February 13.

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