United Way campaign nears goal

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With two weeks left, agency has topped 75% of its goal of raising $114,000.

By Staff Reports

With only two weeks left of the 2013 campaign, United Way Virginia Highlands’ Twin County region has topped 75 of its goal by raising more than $114,000 to date.
With less than $36,000 left to raise, United Way staff and volunteers aren’t celebrating just yet.   
“This has been an exciting and successful year for the Twin County Region, but we’ve still got a ways to go,” said Chris Brown, resource development manager of the Twin County Region.
United Way Virginia Highlands prefers to focus on the number of people who benefit from donations.
“It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that when we say ‘your gift helped 1,000 children’ that those are 1,000 children … each with a name, a face, and a story,” said Travis Staton, chief executive officer of United Way Virginia Highlands.
“United Way epitomizes the idea that we are a stronger force together. The power for real and lasting change lies in our ability to act collectively. Your individual efforts and contributions are what make this possible.”
United Way Virginia Highlands will continue to accept pledges for the 2013 campaign until Jan. 15. Donations intended for the 2013 campaign should be dated accordingly. The nonprofit also encourages any businesses or individuals interested in donating to call the United Way office or visit its website.
“We’ve worked really hard during this campaign, but we’ve got a lot of hard work left in these last few weeks,” Staton said. “Fortunately, we’ve seen our community come out like never before. We’ve seen a number of donor gifts grow this year and donations as Christmas gifts continue to rise. We are truly blessed to live in such a giving community.”

A few companies are still completing their 2013 campaigns, and there is still the opportunity to make a donation to United Way. Donate by visiting www.uwvh.org or call (276) 628-2160.
United Way Virginia Highlands now encompasses 34 towns and eight counties, serving approximately 250,000 residents in Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Grayson, Russell, Smyth, Tazewell, and Washington counties and the City of Galax.