United Way reaches 96 percent of goal

Reaching 96 percent of a fundraising goal is not too shabby when you are able to say that $738,900 is going to agencies that make a difference in the area.

The Marshalltown Area United Way held its final report luncheon for the 2012 campaign Thursday where the latest figures were announced. The original campaign goal was $770,000.

“It was a challenging year with all the (economic) uncertainty,” said Don Turbiville, a campaign co-chair with Ken Anderson. “In spite of that, the community stepped up.”

The United Way funds 32 human service agencies in the area, providing critical programs for those in need.

“United Way is so important to our community,” Anderson said.

The key to the campaign is meeting the needs of those in the community, not the goal, Anderson said. Aside from collecting donations from individuals and companies, the United Way also holds special fundraising events throughout the year – which were met with success in 2012.

The Power of the Purse event in October raised more than $18,000, the JBS pork sale at Hy-Vee in November raised $8,000 and the golf outing last June netted $5,000.

Anderson commended Marshalltown Police Chief Mike Tupper for helping with Marshalltown city staff contributions, which doubled this year.

Anderson said they will continue to try to gather funds to help even more in the community and come closer to the goal. They still plan on collecting money for this campaign until Jan. 11.

“The clock is still ticking,” Anderson said. “We are still going after every dollar.”

United Way Executive Director Nancy Steveson is pleased with the campaign results.

“We definitely have much to be grateful for,” she said.

The 2013 campaign will be co-chaired by Todd Eipperle of the Boy Scouts and Jeff Badger of U.S. Bank. To learn more about the United Way or to donate call 641-752-4688.