410.778.3195 PO Box 594 819 High Street Chestertown, MD 21620

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

United Way on Target to Meet Fund-Raising Goals

CONTACT:
Barrie Frazier, United Way of Kent County
Phone: 410-778-3195
unitedwaykc@verizon.net

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"United Way of Kent County is more than half way to its 2009-10 Campaign goal,” announced Board President, Tom Beckett.“ The Campaign closed December a few hundred dollars under its total at the same time last year. This is remarkable,” he went on to say, “given the intensity and persistence of the economic recession, and speaks to the generosity of our neighbors. Kent County is a close community that cares about those in need, as shown by this impressive level of giving. While other sectors of the country are crying the blues, Kent County is getting the job done."

 

The goal of the current campaign is $185,000 and at year-end contributions totaled 54% of that amount. “That means that we must redouble our efforts in the remaining months of the Campaign, but now we know that we can do it,” Beckett continued.

 

United Way of Kent County has been raising money for local charities for more than 50 years. The Board is comprised of some who are well known in the County and others who work quietly behind the scenes to ensure the effectiveness and integrity of the organization. A part time Executive Director, Barrie Frazier, is responsible for day-to-day operations. This year 19 of the most significant charities in the County are Member Agencies and rely more than ever on the funding provided by United Way.

 

There is no question that agencies are being pushed harder than ever before and many are faced with doing more with less. The number of people seeking shelter from The Samaritan Group is unprecedented and those seeking food at the Food Pantry have doubled, according to Chairman, Jim Fouss. Hard times always bring a flood of new clients to the Community Mediation Center, Kent Council on Family Violence and For All Seasons. The Red Cross and Salvation Army are being pushed to their limits.

 

"United Way is sobered by the challenges before it to help its Member Agencies respond to the needs presented, but we are encouraged by the warm support of our citizens in this Campaign year," Beckett concluded.

 

To donate or to learn more about United Way and its member agencies, visit their new website at www.unitedwayofkentcounty.org,
donate online or mail your contribution to:
United Way of Kent County
P.O. Box 594
819 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620

United Way 2009-2010 Campaign Launch

Tom Beckett, United Way board President United Way Campaign Kick-off Event

photo left: Tom Beckett, United Way Board President reviews campaign goals
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photo right: Donors and Member Agencies gather to celebrate the new campaign download hi res photo

United Way Supporters

photo left: Bill Noll (left) and Barrie Frazier, United Way Executive Director
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photo right: Maryland Massey, dedicated United Way fundraiser
(right) Barbara Noll
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United Way Agencies

photo left: Paul MacDonald, Salvation Army volunteer, helps to raise money
for those in need in Kent County every holiday season
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photo right: Jeanne Yeager (center), Executive Director Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, and staff are busier then ever as increased survival needs give rise to more family violence
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