The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

February 28, 2014

United Way makes large impact on the community

The Clinton Herald

---- — United Way of Clinton County, Iowa has nearly completed the Fall 2013 Campaign to raise funds for 26 local programs. Some of which include:

• Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Big Brothers Big Sisters to mentor at-risk children and youth;

• Felix Adler Children’s Discovery Center, Kids First Academy and Partners For Exceptional People to provide enriched learning experiences;

• Associate Benevolent Society and DeWitt Referral Center to give help with food, shelter and utilities; and

• Support in difficult times through ASAC/New Directions, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the YWCA of Clinton.

The annual United Way Campaign is about raising funds to impact community needs, but there’s more to it than that. It’s about what’s done with the funds raised to make a difference in our local communities, as we focus on the impact areas of education, income and health. As of February 24, we have raised $626,977 for 101.1 percent of goal, which pushes us over our $620,000 goal and we are waiting to hear from outstanding accounts, as every dollar counts. Furthermore, we would like to stress that that 99 percent of contributions stay local; money raised here stays here to help those in need when they require help. We’re working to give a hand up that impacts an individual for a lifetime, not just a hand out.

The impact on those receiving services is huge. Julie says, “My most exciting moment was going to the Special Olympics when I won a gold medal in front of my mom, sister, brothers, and cousin.”

An Information, Referral & Assistance Services client remarked, “My self-respect and hopes came back to me on every level when I was treated with compassion and helped with emergency shelter and daily living needs.”

Craig reported, “I was a difficult kid, but the staff looked at me as a work in progress and treated me like a normal kid. I would never say it was easy, but I would not be where I am today without the support and encouragement I received.”

An extensive thank you goes out to our many volunteers and account contacts who worked tirelessly to make this years’ campaign successful. By combining each gift, no matter how big or small, we can do more than any single group or individual can on its own!

Cheryl McCulloh, Executive Director, United Way of Clinton County, Iowa

Rachel Cotton, Marketing Coordinator, United Way of Clinton County, Iowa