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September 21, 2013

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‘GIVE REGARDLESS’

Gordon said United Way agencies help so many people in the community.

“You and your families almost can’t help but be touched by them, and the United Way funding is what helps keep many of these agencies together,” she said.

Wolter added that payroll deduction is a great way for people to give, but if that option is not available, people can stop by the United Way office on Tom Miller Road and make a donation.

“It’s a great way to help,” she said.

The Pacesetter Campaign results, from local businesses that started their pledge drives early, show that more than $137,000, or 18.9 percent, of the goal has been raised so far.

Bernardi said that, despite the country and region’s struggle to make its way out of a recession, people still seem willing to give.

“If they believe they will have a positive impact on something or someone, they will give regardless of the economic situation,” he said.

“We provide a great opportunity for people to do that.”

SMALLER BATCHES

Bernardi noted that the United Way is still feeling the loss of donations from employees at the former Wyeth Pharmaceutical plant in Rouses Point, which employed about 1,250 people at its peak.

Wyeth announced in 2005 that it would be closing within three years. The business has since been acquired by Pfizer, but only about 230 people work there now.

Bernardi said Pfizer still participates in the fund drive, but with fewer employees, the contribution is not as much as it was.

“We’ve been trying to make that up in smaller batches,” he said.

The campaign runs through the end of January 2014.

Email Joe LoTemplio:jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

 

 

 

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