The Brown County United Way remains short of its $335,000 goal for this year, but a handful of traditionally major donors have yet to report their contributions, campaign officials said.
“We stand at 84 percent of our goal,” drive chairman Joe Childs said. “Several businesses are still out, and we’re finalizing those. We’re moving forward. I want to thank the volunteers for everything they’ve been doing. It’s not easy, because every organization out there is looking for money.”
United Way executive director Karen Lynch said the campaign for this year, including all pledges and contributions, must be closed out by the end of February.
“If anyone is aware of any individual or corporation that has not given, please let them know there’s still time,” United Way board president Brett VanOverbeke said.
Lynch said that 2006 ended with a collection rate of 96.3 percent on pledges, which is above the 92 percent budgeted for the year. That will help provide some carryover for the current year.
The United Way board has tentatively scheduled a campaign wrap-up luncheon for March 6.
The 14 member agencies are Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), The Ark domestic violence shelter, Small World Child Development Center, Pearl Griffin Memorial Latch Key, American Red Cross Pecan Valley Chapter, Salvation Army Loaves and Fishes, Family Services Center, Brown County Association for Retarded Citizens, Mid-Tex Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Cancer Services Network, Brown County 4-H Clubs, Boys and Girls Club of Brown County, Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts Heart of Texas Council.