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United Way raises 77 percent of goal

Published 8:26pm Friday, November 22, 2013

The Lake Martin Area United Way continued to drive closer and closer to its 2013 fundraising goal.

The United Way updated its agencies and the community on its 2013 Driving for a United Community fundraising campaign.

“We are currently at $420,108. That puts us at 77 percent of our goal, which is $555,000,” said Sharon Fuller, executive director of the Lake Martin Area United Way. “We have a lot of companies still getting ready to get started.”

Fuller said a few organizations are set to begin their fundraising campaigns,

including Tallapoosa County Schools, Frontier, Sigma Corp., Regions Bank and Madix.

Fuller added that SJA, Inc., SL Alabama, and the City of Alexander City are still working on campaigns.

Kwangsung, this year’s campaign pacesetter, has upped its fundraising total to $25,000.

Fuller said she continues to be optimistic in the campaign.

“I am an optimistic person, and I believe in my community, but this year with the Russell plants closing, Obamacare and uncertainty with the economy, and I think that’s one reason we’re going later with some campaigns,” Fuller said. “We’ll send some more letters out and look to include more businesses.”

Fuller added it’s a good sign that companies have continued to participate.

“I feel very positive. We have companies that have less employees but have given more, which is outstanding,” Fuller said. “That means people still care about giving and helping the community.”

Fuller is also calling out to other businesses to participate before the year is out and the campaign is over.

“Small businesses, big businesses – we need you. A lot of people may lose their jobs at the end of December, so some people may have to look to our agencies,” Fuller said. “At a time when people start losing jobs, that’s the time where they rely on United Way agencies.”

For more information on how to give, contact the United Way at 256-329-3600.