Erika Dvorske, executive director of the Douglas County United Way, said she’s “cautiously optimistic” that the agency will meet its 2011 campaign goal of $1.7 million.
But with 2011 coming to a close, the agency is still about $600,000 short.
“We’ve got a ways to go,” Dvorske said.
Though the agency’s official fundraising campaign runs from September to the end of November, Dvorske said United Way will keep collecting until the end of the year, and make an official announcement about the campaign results in February.
Last year, the United Way raised $1.675 million.
Despite being behind this year, Dvorske said the community has stepped up “even in a challenging time.”
Dvorske praised the growth seen in several areas, particularly in several of the local employers they partner with. For instance, Kansas University staff and faculty exceeded their goal of a $312,000 combined contribution.
The United Way contributes to 29 community organization, focusing on education, health and self-sufficiency. To donate, visit unitedwaydgco.org.