Gina Saaf, executive director of the Fulton County United Way, said Monday that year-to-date, the 2012 fund drive has raised $65,000, about $13,000 ahead of the same time last year.
There is no set goal for 2012.
“We’re trying to get away from over-focusing on a goal; we’re focusing more on the need,” she said. “The more we can raise, the more we can do.
“Last year, we raised about $322,000. I’d like to see us do better than that, but we don’t want to limit ourselves.”
The 2012 campaign won’t technically end until the end of the year. Saaf said United Way officials are trying to get the employee donations wrapped up by the end of the month.
“Things tend to trickle in later,” she said.
Money raised by the county United Way goes to 23 groups, organizations and agencies: the Alano Club, American Red Cross, Archbold Adult Day Care, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts, Center for Child and Family Advocacy, Community Pregnancy Center, Fayette’s Helping Hands, First Call for Help, Four County Family Center,
Girl Scouts, Habitat for Humanity, Hands of Grace, Hospice, Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Lutheran Social Services, Maumee Valley Guidance Center, Northwestern Ohio Community Action, Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program, United Way of Fulton County, Wauseon FISH, YFCOutback.
United Way also operates its own in-house programs.
“Our programs focus on five key things: education, income, health, essential services, and community building,” Saaf said.