United Way to mark its 60th anniversary

Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — “Live United” T-shirts are expected to adorn downtown Port Angeles statues today to mark a United Way of Clallam County milestone.

The organization is celebrating its 60th anniversary, said Jody Moss, executive director, and staff members were expected to dress up the statues beginning today.

“Our 'birthday' is
Nov. 12, 1952,” Moss said. “In our first 60 years, Clallam County community members have raised $23 million total. This has all been invested back into Clallam County to strengthen our community and create a healthier place for us all to live.”

This year, United Way's annual fund drive is working toward a $1,060,000 goal.

As of last Thursday, it was a quarter of the way toward that goal, with $267,777 received from more than 834 donors.

Beginning this Thursday, a mailing with an invitation to make a donation will be delivered to all residents and businesses in Clallam County.

“This mailing is intended to reach people who may not give through a workplace, who are new to the community or are retired,” Moss said.

“It is not a request for a second gift,” she emphasized. “This mailer is a way for everyone to have the opportunity to partner with United Way in our efforts to build a healthy community.”

Last year, community members donated $883,000, Moss said.

United Way of Clallam County supports 25 area nonprofits that serve children, seniors and families.

It also funds community solutions initiatives that include Great Beginnings, Literacy, Access to Healthcare and the 2-1-1 help line, said Lisa Meyer, president of the United Way board.

“Last year, more than 56,000 people were helped by United Way and our agencies, engaging 3,000 volunteers who gave 166,000 hours of service valued at close to $3.5 million,” Meyer said.

Mary Ann Unger, retired Port Angeles school administrator and chairwoman of this year's campaign, said community members always have been generous.

“All contributions from $1 to $1,000 are important,” Unger said. “If everyone in Clallam County sent in a donation, imagine the good we can do right here at home.”

There are many options for giving to United Way: payroll deduction, check, credit card, PayPal, direct billing, IRA distribution or stock transfer. All donations are tax-deductible.

Credit card or PayPal donations can be made at www.unitedwayclallam.org.

For more information, phone the United Way office at 360-457-3011.

Last modified: November 11. 2012 6:17PM
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