United Way nears halfway point of latest campaign

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 1, 2013 

United Way President and CEO Scott Ferguson speaks during Thursday's 2013 United Way campaign kickoff at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center in August.

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The United Way campaign is nearing the halfway mark of its 2013 campaign, but the reported contributions have seen a decline.

With a campaign goal of $7 million, the campaign cabinet reported Friday the current total pledged is $2,897,330, or 41 percent of the goal.

"The campaign is steadily going well, but we have had some unforeseen setbacks," said Scott Ferguson, president and CEO of United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, in a recent news release. "We need help from the community to make the final push … ."

The United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley serves 50 programs and 27 agencies in Chattahoochee, Harris, Marion, Muscogee, Russell, Stewart, Talbot and Taylor counties in Georgia and Alabama.

Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor is this year's campaign chair.

A few companies have seen a decline in giving, but there are some bright spots, including a few companies conducting their first campaigns.

Glenwood School has reportedly increased its giving by 244 percent, and its participation has risen by 300 percent. They've also added two additional students on the Live United Youth Council.

Also increasing its giving are Albright Fortbenberry & Nina's, a local accounting firm, and the Russell County Government. Snyder's Lance and Eastman Kodak exceeded their goals, and CB&T of East Alabama completed a successful campaign, according to the release.

Cable TV of East Alabama and Spring Harbor are conducting their first campaigns. "I encourage those that have not yet donated to consider making a contribution to United Way this year," Taylor said in the release. "It’s not always easy, but I am humbled by the people in this community who recognize our area’s critical needs and come through for those who need assistance."

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