United Fund half way to goal

Published 12:00 am Saturday, November 16, 2013

Covington County’s United Fund is almost half way to its $120,000 goal, but board members are still looking for help from the community in order to hit their mark by the Oct. 1, 2014 deadline.

UF President Tari McClung said she will not have a to-the-penny figure until Monday, but expects the current amount raised to fall between $59,000 and $60,000.

“I’ll have the official numbers Monday, but we are right at half way to our goal,” McClung said Friday. “Right now, we’re still just asking people to donate, and just to give their fair share. That’s all we can ever ask.”

Although United Fund’s 2014 deadline is still almost a year away, McClumb said the organization is already on pace to hit their goal.

“We’re still waiting on a lot businesses that we usually receive donations from,” she said. “People do make pledges, but then sometimes they won’t give until the next year, so it will probably be mid-year before we see most of it start to drizzle in.”

While some donations are still being anticipated, McClung said the drive is ahead of the curve in comparison to past years.

“We are excited to be at 50 percent,” she said. “That’s further ahead than we were last year. We already have enough for our first two quarter payments for next year.”

As for this year’s list of beneficiaries, McClung said the 16 organizations currently on the list may be joined by a few more after UF’s next board meeting in January.

“We actually have a couple more (organizations) that have come in since that last list,” she said. “When we have that next board meeting, we will likely add them on. We have to get approval first.”

McClung said this year’s campaign has also been affected by the cuts in government funding many organizations are working to cope with.

“So many state-funded agencies are having their funding reduced, so we have had some increased amounts requested because of the government funding cuts.”

As for now, McClung said United Fund is in a “wait-and-see” mode as they watch for contributions to come rolling in.

She said anyone interested in donating time or money to the United Fund campaign may contact 334.222.2907.

Organizations benefiting from this year’s campaign include: Covington County Adult Training Center; Covington County 4-H Clubs; the Covington County chapter of the American Red Cross; Boy Scouts; Andalusia Ministerial Association; Lucile Pierce Family Literacy Center; Covington County Imagination Library; Andalusia Community Christmas; Youth Sports Recreation Boards; SAFE of Covington County; Public Libraries; Crossover Ministries; Governor’s Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities; Opp Benevolence Fund; Opp Meals on Wheels; Sav-A-Life Pregnancy Resource Center.