Meridian Star

February 23, 2013

United Way fundraiser to end Thursday

By Terri Ferguson Smith / tsmith@themeridianstar.com
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Local United Way of East Mississippi volunteers and staff are hoping to reach a goal of $1 million raised for the agency by the end of this month. That leaves until Thursday to raise $150,000.

    On Friday, volunteers added red to the thermometer, which stands outside the United Way office on 23rd Avenue in Meridian, marking donations totaling $850,000.

    "We have about a week left on our campaign. Our campaign ends at the end of February," said Greg Bott, campaign chairman. "Our goal this year is the highest ever, a million dollars. We're close. Of course today we've made it to 85 percent of our goal and we think we have a chance to get there. We're going to need the support of the entire community to get there."

    The United Way of East Mississippi includes Lauderdale, Clarke, and Kemper counties. The agency focuses on education, income and health, Bott said.

    "Together with our partner agencies we help support the community in those three areas through partnerships with Boys and Girls Clubs, Boy Scouts, Feed by Faith, Care Lodge, Loves Kitchen and the rest of our partners," Bott said.

    To donate, call (601) 693-2732, drop a check in the mail to United Way of East Mississippi, 2003, 23rd Ave., Meridian, MS 39301 or go to the website: www.unitedforunitedway.org.

    Bott said pledges are welcome. Donors can pledge a certain amount and pay it in installments if they wish to do so.

    Sara Carmichael, campaign and community impact director, said the donor who puts them at their goal will get to put the final red on the thermometer.