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United Way needs help: Local chapter $49,000 short of goal

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Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

The United Way needs help from the community to meet its fundraising goal for this year.

The United Way Becker County Board of Directors met last week to review the progress of the 2013 campaign.

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Board President Bonnie Mohs announced that $176,000 has been donated or pledged to date, representing 78 percent of the $225,000 goal.

“Our goal is certainly within reach,” she said.  “Since the start of this year’s campaign, our focus has been on providing help for the individuals impacted by campaign dollars. Yet we cannot lose sight of the immediate fundraising goal which makes that possible,” added Mohs.

“Each year the residents of Becker County provide astounding support through the generosity of financial donations and the gifts of time and talent. Without a compassionate community, United Way partner programs could not provide programming vital to our friends, neighbors and co-workers. The United Way partner programs give people the tools to improve their lives.

“In order to reach our goal of $225,000 we need to raise an additional $49,000. I am confident through the generosity of the residents of Becker County we will make our goal. Together we have the power to change lives.”

Partner programs such as Food For Thought Back Program, Boys and Girls Club Kids Kafe and The Becker County Food Pantry have seen a tremendous increase in the need for food.

Over 6,800 weekend food bags will be distributed through the Detroit Lakes, Frazee-Vergas and Lake Park-Audubon schools this year.

The Boys & Girls Kids Kafe will feed over 100 children a hot meal every day. And the Becker County Food Pantry will give food to over 15,000 people this year.

Healthy Alternatives, Senior Companions, RSVP, Lifeline and Day of Caring assist a growing number of senior citizens with wellness programming and assistance allowing them to stay in their homes longer.

Over 6,000 Becker County senior citizens have found help through one of these programs.

“At United Way, we believe that the true measure of a community is its ability and willingness to care for its most vulnerable members, said LuAnn Porter, executive director of the United Way of Becker County. 

“Dollars raised during our campaign will stay right here in Becker County and will provide on-going funding support for 36 local human service and health care agencies.”

She added that, “the United Way is truly fortunate and grateful to have so many caring people and businesses in our area.  Thank you to all of you for your efforts and support.”

Contributions are accepted year round and can be sent to the United Way, PO Box 348, Detroit Lakes MN 56502.  All donations, of any size, are greatly appreciated by many. Call United Way (218) 846-7400 for more information.

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