UNITED WAY OF KNOX COUNTY
January 12, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Ann Tucker-Lockhart
United Way of Knox County
UNITED WAY OF KNOX COUNTY EXTENDS
ANNUAL FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN
(GALESBURG, IL) The United Way of Knox County announced today it is extending its annual fundraising campaign until January 31, 2016. The campaign has reached just 67% of its goal of $350,000. The campaign provides support for programming at 19 local human service agencies.
The 2016 annual campaign began on July 4, 2015. Since then, United Way of Knox County Executive Director, Ann Tucker-Lockhart and representatives from the partner agencies have been meeting with employees of Knox County businesses and seeking support from businesses and individuals throughout Knox County. The United Way campaign is funded primarily from contributions by individual employees of businesses and organizations, with additional support from local businesses.
“This campaign started off strong. Many employee campaigns were increasing from last year. Most notably, OSF, which includes St. Mary Medical Center, the Galesburg Clinic, and the OSF Medical Groups, raised three times more money than was raised last year,” says Tucker-Lockhart. “However, many contributors are now unemployed due to layoffs and furloughs. Ironically, some of the individuals that used to give to our campaign may now be seeking help from the programs offered by our partner agencies.”
With most company campaigns finished, Tucker-Lockhart states that tough decisions will have to be made regarding what programs to fund for 2016. Applications for funding from local non-profits were submitted to the United Way of Knox County (UWKC) in August. Total requests from these area non-profits totaled $290,705.00.
The UWKC is a key source of support for local human service agencies and organizations. In addition, it recently began providing new services for Knox County residents, including the 2-1-1 hotline for residents seeking assistance and the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to encourage childhood literacy.
Tucker-Lockhart hopes individuals and businesses who have not yet contributed will make a contribution before the January campaign close, so these organizations can receive the funding they need to make a difference in Knox County.
“Any dollar amount would be appreciated, and individuals making their donations can rest assured that they are making a wise investment in our community,” Tucker-Lockhart says. “The money raised stays in Knox County. You may have been the one to help a spouse leave an abusive relationship before it’s too late. You may be the one to put food on the table for a family who has fallen upon hard times. You may be the one who saved an elderly individual from being bilked out of their retirement savings. You just never know who you have made a difference for by giving monetarily to the United Way.”
The Board of Directors and campaign organizers are asking the Knox County community to dig deep into their pockets and hearts to bridge the gap between the needs of people and agency funding shortfalls. No donation is too small, and there are a variety of ways to give. Many businesses offer payroll deduction through the human resources or payroll office. The United Way of Knox County will also accept credit card donations.
Contact the United Way of Knox County at (309) 343-4434 to make a donation or to find out how to contribute to the campaign.
The United Way of Knox County is an independent, locally controlled, non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors elected from Knox County, Illinois, that provides support to 23 programs at 19 human service agencies in Knox County.