County United Way on track
With a little less than three weeks left in the campaign, the United Way of Leavenworth County is on track to make its goal of $375,000 in its annual fall fundraiser.
Derald Line, executive director of United Way of Leavenworth County, said that $224,800 had been donated or pledged in the campaign that started Sept. 10 and is to end Nov. 19. That was 60 percent of the goal, which was set at the same level as 2009 in a nod to the down economy.
Much of the campaign is based on the employee contributions of participating county employers.
“That’s about normal,” Linn said the 60-percent level. “I checked against last year on Friday, and it’s just about exactly the same.”
Linn assumes 5 percent of pledges will not be collected, but he was still guardedly optimistic the goal would be reached.
“I am heartened,” he said. “Some of our payroll deductions have higher totals than last year.”
Although payroll deductions are central to the campaign, individual contributions also are welcomed. Linn said United Way sent out mailers meant for retired residents and others who might not be part of employer efforts. Those who didn’t get the information can call the county United Way office at (913) 682-2592.
The United Way supports Boys and Girls Scouts and Special Olympics in all the county’s communities, service organizations active throughout the county, such as the Alliance Against Family Violence and CASA, and helps Children’s Mercy Hospital provide non-compensated care to young patients.