United Way is cautiously hopeful at midway point of 2009 campaignWritten by Kristen Criswell | | firstname.lastname@example.org
United Way of Greater Toledo has raised $5.2 million halfway through the fall 2009 campaign.
“We’re right where we expected,” said Richard Hylant of the Hylant Group, the chairman of the 2009 campaign, in a news release.
Bill Kitson, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Toledo, said it is cautiously hopeful it will hit this year’s goal $17.9 million.
“The campaign isn’t over till it’s over. The amount we have right now is encouraging, but I know from past campaigns that the pace we have right now doesn’t necessarily mean reaching our numbers,” Kitson said.
Kitson said the economy has been a factor.
“Fewer people are working now than last year. When we raise 60 percent of our funding from people at the workplace, it is a challenge,” Kitson said. “On the flip side, people understand the need now more than ever. The willingness to help neighbor in need is a stronger pull.”
Despite the economy, United Way is reporting increased support from companies who have taken cuts. Ed Schmidt Auto Group’s giving has increased by 39 percent, while the group has experienced an employee base drop of 19 percent. Dana Corporation saw a 30 percent reduction in staff, yet only a 21 percent decrease in campaign donations.
United Way of Greater Toledo is waiting to hear about $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to assist displaced autoworkers. The funding would go to retrain workers as well as help their families.
The 2009 United Way campaign concludes Dec. 10.
To contribute to the 2009 campaign, visit www.unitedwaytoledo.org and click on “Give.”