United Way meets fundraising goal


By The Telegram

Finney County United Way has announced that it reached its 2013 fundraising campaign goal of $550,000 last month.

According to a press release, the local active campaign runs from July 1 to Dec. 15 each year.

Due to delayed and additional contributions, United Way Worldwide concluded its accounting for the campaign year on April 30, which kept Finney County in compliance with the national standard.

"The Finney County United Way is so pleased to be able to support the 21 agencies and two Community Impact programs chosen in 2013," Susan Escareno, Finney County United Way director, said.

Escareno said all 21 agencies received their entire designated allocation amounts due to the generosity of the community.

"Thank you to all the Finney County residents, businesses and organizations for the caring contributions," she said. "We're excited. You keep hearing about how hard it is to get funding, but we're really excited we could fund all the programs at what they asked for. We're just really pleased about that."

The following organizations and their allocations included:

Big Brothers/Big Sisters: $35,000

Catholic Social Services: $9,000

Community Daycare: $25,000

Family Crisis: $26,221

RSVP: $20,800

American Red Cross: $30,000

YMCA: $35,000

Girl Scouts: $10,000

Habitat for Humanity: $5,000

KCSL: $20,000

Meals on Wheels: $15,000

Miles of Smiles: $7,500

Russell Child Development: $35,000

Boy Scouts: $15,000

Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance: $22,250

Smart Start: $2,000

Spirit of the Plains, CASA: $35,000

United Methodist Mexican American Ministries: $33,000

Salvation Army: $29,000

United Cerebral Palsy: $6,600

Garden City Recreation Playground Program: $8,022

Community Impact Grants ($2,000 each):

Real Men Real Leaders

Circles of Hope

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