The United Way Board of Directors met on April 11, 2013 to finalize the 2013 Campaign. They announce that final results reflect an increase in giving of 3% over last year for a grand total of $555,120. “We thought this year’s United Way of Mifflin-Juniata campaign would be different all around. We thought it would be difficult because of everything going on throughout the counties,” said Phyllis Mitchell, United Way board president.
“We shouldn’t have worried,” said Marie Mulvihill, Executive Director of the United Way. “The hard-working people of Mifflin and Juniata counties have heart and soul and compassion and kindness. People know that the money raised here, stays here. They know that every day, lives are changed because they care.”
“We’d like to thank all the donors, be it $1 or $10,000,” Mitchell said. “They made all the difference.” This year the primary strategy was to increase the number of people giving to the United Way Campaign. Special acknowledgement was given to companies with significant increases in employee participation:
• GE Inspection Technologies + 139%
• Allensville Planing Mill + 111%
• First National Bank of Mifflintown + 8%
• Standard Steel + 4%
There is no resting on their laurels. The United Way wraps up the Money In Your Pocket Free Income Tax Assistance Program this weekend. Success By 6 is partnering with school districts doing Kindergarten Readiness workshops and events and United Way staff has begun preparation for the Summer Food Service Program. In tandem with this activity the United Way Community Investment volunteers and board of directors will be reviewing proposals from qualifying nonprofit human service organizations in the two county areas. The Community Investment process is open and competitive. Organizations that demonstrate they are achieving positive outcomes that are addressing community needs receive funding. “We have a tradition of raising money and resources and partnering to distribute those resources to the community organizations across the counties that are doing good work to help the neediest people,” said Mike McCurdy, chair of the Community Investment Committee.