UW set to reach goal end of Feb

The Annual Callaway County United Way Fundraising Campaign is wrapping up and United Way officials are pleased with the results so far.

“We are about two-thirds of the way there,” said Peg Dzicek, community impact chair. “We still have several employee campaigns that are not complete, and if they are, we don’t have the figures yet.”

Employee campaigns make up around 65 percent of the total goal for the Callaway County United Way.

“That is very significant,” she said. “It’s particularly significant in comparison to other United Ways in the area.”

The employee campaigns are done through businesses in Callaway County.

“The employees and employers can do one-time donations or can have payroll deductions taken out specifically for the United Way,” Dzicek said.

Dzicek said she is happy people are still giving.

“Despite what we hear about tough economic times, and they are, people are still willing to dig deep and give,” she said. “It makes us really proud of our community.”

The funding goes to 13 agencies in Callaway County.

“Those 13 agencies provide 11,000 Callaway County residents with services,” Dzicek said. “One in four residents here will use one of those services. The money helps support 200 programs through those agencies that improve our day-to-day lives.”

Dzicek said the last big event of the campaign is the Celebrity Waiter Banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Sir Winston’s Restaurant.

“That event usually puts us over the top,” she said.

The United Way is still accepting donations. Cash can be given to United Way Board members or volunteers. Checks can also be mailed to P.O. Box 793 in Fulton, the United Way’s donation box.

“You can also give on a secure website,” Dzicek said.

That website is callawayunitedway.com.

The UW is trying to raise $260,000 for the member agencies this year.

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