December 19, 2013

Campaign at 80 percent of goal

By DUANE NOLLEN The Oskaloosa Herald
The Oskaloosa Herald

---- — OSKALOOSA — The United Way Campaign is in high gear as the organization has reached 80 percent of its goal to help fund local non-profit organizations.

“Everything that comes in until Dec. 31 goes to the 2013 campaign that we will give out in 2014,” United Way of Mahaska County Executive Director Amy Langdon said.

The United Way’s goal is to raise $440,000.

“We’re at about 80 percent right now,” Langdon said.

Once the campaign ends, the Community Investment Team meets to decide which agencies will receive funding and those agencies are notified by the end of January, she said.

The Community Investment Team is composed of 20 members that include United Way Board members as well as people from the community. If you are interested in being on the team, you can contact the United Way by calling (641) 673-6043. The meets during the third week of January, Langdon said.

“We distribute generally through out the year,” she said.

There are 13 partner agencies that the United Way supports. They are Crisis Intervention Services, Ecumenical Cupboard, Food Bank of Southern Iowa, 4-H Foundation, Imagine the Possibilities, Iowa Legal Aid, Kids’ Corner Child Care, Love in the Name of Christ, Mahaska Hospice Auxiliary, Peek-A-Boo Point Childcare, Red Cross, South Central Iowa Center for Independent Living and the Mahaska County YMCA, according to a United Way brochure.

The United Way also does some special grant funding at the end of the year, Langdon added.

Funds for the United Way Campaign comes from individuals and businesses. Many people do payroll deductions at the workplace, Langdon said.

“We have about 150 new donors,” she said. “We like to see that.”

If you are busy during the day but want to contribute to the campaign, you can now do it online anytime.

“You can give online,” Langdon said. “We set it up this year.”

People can log on to UnitedWayMahaska.org and contribute through PayPal, she said.

Herald Editor Duane Nollen can be reached by email at oskynews@oskyherald.com