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It was another year with a lofty goal, capped off with another challenge met for Allegany County United Way’s Campaign for 2016. 

This year’s goal was $350,000, representing a $10,000 increase over last year’s goal. Allegany County residents contributed $354,341 in pledges and donations, making it the sixth year in a row for the United Way Campaign to exceed its goal.

United Way Campaign co-chairs Deb Root and Malena Dunham credit the volunteer campaign coordinators at local businesses and schools with ensuring the success of this year’s campaign. ACUW has employee giving campaigns at 28 local companies, 11 school districts, and the three higher education institutions in our county.

“Generous support from donors demonstrates their awareness of the needs in our county. I wish I could personally thank every donor for the difference they will be making,” said Campaign Co-chair Deb Root. It takes many people working together to accomplish great things,” added Campaign Co-Chair Malena Dunham.

“I would like to thank everyone involved for helping to make this another successful campaign,” United Way Board President Randy Shayler said. “Without the hard work of our campaign leadership, board members and volunteers, it would be impossible to have a successful campaign to benefit the community.”

United Way recognizes the top five employee workplace campaigns this year as: 1) Otis Eastern whose employees pledged $34,820; 2) Dresser-Rand employees pledged $17,316; 3) ARVOS employees pledged $8,914; 4) Jones Memorial employees pledged $8,762; and 5) Wellsville and Cuba Giant Food Mart/Park Plaza Liquors and Cuba Liquors employees pledged $5,900.

“We hope everyone realizes that what’s most important about our fundraising campaign is the impact those funds will have on our community when invested in effective local nonprofit programs,” said Barbara Bates, ACUW Executive Director.

Funds from this year’s campaign 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.

Agencies 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 2016-17 funding are due by February 12.

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