Mr. Alexander said that, given the state of the economy, the amount raised this year may be even more impressive than meeting the goal when the economy is stronger. It
is a testament to the generosity of the businesses and
individuals of the North Country, he said.
One of the main goals in identifying partner agencies is to avoid duplication of services.
Through the payroll-deduction process, donors are able to choose where they want funds to go. That can be to a specific organization, to groups in a field such as health care or education, or to the Community Impact Fund.
For the latter, a team of volunteers evaluates applications for those funds and makes allocations.
The United Way campaign allows donors to channel contributions to one agency for distribution. Alexander said many of the recipients are small, all-volunteer groups that would have a difficult time raising funds on their own.
“The United Way becomes that fundraising source for them,” she said.
For the 2012 campaign, the goal of $775,000 was exceeded by $112.
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