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United Fund makes 2010 goal

Covington County’s United Fund 2010 drive has exceeded its fund-raising goal.

CCUF vice president Dwight Mikel said the drive has received contributions and pledges totaling $119,120, exceeding its goal by more than $4,000.

“Thank you, Covington County, for a job well done,” Mikel said.

“The Covington County United Fund is first and foremost a community-driven organization,” he said. “We support agencies that provide essential services to our area’s most vulnerable populations. We fund relief to victims of disaster; aid to indigent transients; hot meals to home-bound individuals; needy families with food and clothing; shelter for battered women and children; crisis pregnancy center; and funds to aid in both the mind and body of our youth.”

The organization’s mission is to help people, he said.

“That mission has, if anything, become even more critical in the current economy,” he said. “We want to assure our donors that dollars raised here will stay here. We will continue to fund local agencies that in turn support neighbors in need. We want to remind everyone that, ‘their gift goes far, but not far away.’”

Agencies funded for 2010 and the amounts they will receive include:

Sav-A-Life — $4,500

Opportunity House — $4,500

Girl Scouts — $3,600

Cub Scouts Red Level — $500

Meals on Wheels — $1,800

Covington County Recreation Board — $6,888

Governor’s Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities — $4,500

Community Christmas — $2,160

Boy Scouts Troop/Pack 46 — $5,040

Covington County 4-H Clubs — $6,750

Covington County Adult Training Center — $4,500

Opp Public Library — $1,800

Crossover Ministries — $4,500

Andalusia Public Library — $2,700

SAFE of Covington County — $2,500

Andalusia Ministerial Association — $1,260

Impact of Covington County — $4,800

Florala EMS — $2,500

Muscular Dystrophy Association — $2,000

American Red Cross — $16,000

Andalusia Youth Sports — $9,941

Opp Youth Sports — $5,740

Opp Benevolence — $3,150

Florala Public Library — $900

The United Fund board also set aside administrative costs estimated at 7 percent, including accounting fees, printing, advertising, postage and supplies.

United Fund encourages residents to contribute the equivalent of one hour’s compensation per month. Contributions can be mailed to CCUF, P.O. Box 1791, Andalusia, AL, 36421.