Lawrence and Douglas County residents deserve to be pleased and proud with the successful United Way campaign, which has just been completed. United Way officials last week reported contributions of $886,000, 4.6 percent above the goal set for this year's campaign. It was also 10 percent greater than the amount raised last year, and organizers say more pledges and gifts are likely to be received before this year's drive wraps up.
This successful drive did not happen by accident, but is due to the generosity and compassion of Lawrence and Douglas County residents and businesses and the planning and hard work of United Way officers and volunteers.
United Way receives the most public attention during its annual fund druve, but members of the United Way board and the staff are working throughout the year. The United Way is a 12-month, ongoing program. Planning the fund drive, soliciting volunteer workers and the many other details for an organization that provides the majority of funding for 26 participating agencies is time-consuming and hard work. More than 300 volunteers were involved in this year's drive. Funds collected in a relatively short time are distributed throughout the year, and there is a careful review and screening process for participating agencies.
Drive chairman Al Hack Jr. worked hard on this year's campaign, and it has paid off with a record gift amount.
Everyone is a winner with the just-completed drive. Participating agencies will have the funds necessary to carry out their diverse activities and those who contributed are sure to have a winning feeling about their role in the successful drive. The Lawrence-Douglas County area has one more successful program to add to the winning image of the area, and United Way board members and workers have reason to be proud of the record-breaking drive.