With less than a week to go in the annual United Way of Door County fundraising campaign, the effort remains about three-quarters of the way toward the community need of $525,000.
“As of Monday [Jan. 1, 2017], we’re at $387,931.81 or 73.8 percent of our target,” said Amy Kohnle, executive director of the United Way of Door County. “It’s now or never for this year’s campaign. We’re asking everyone to consider donating – or even increasing their 2016 pledge – on behalf of our neighbors.”
The campaign raises funds on behalf of 31 programs operated by 18 nonprofit organizations that provide services to Door County residents. It also supports a number of community impact initiatives in which the United Way of Door County provides a leadership and partnership role, including Healthy Door County, the Alcohol and Other Drug Coalition, and the Partnership for Children and Families.
The pace has increased in recent days as the end of the campaign loomed. Marketing and Administrative Assistant Julie Ploor got into the act by raising more than $1,000 in new donations in 36 hours to join the Jacksonport Polar Bear Club by jumping into Lake Michigan on New Year’s Day.
Contributions and pledges must be received or postmarked by midnight Jan. 7, 2017, in order to be counted toward the 2016 campaign. People can donate or pledge by calling 920.746.9645, emailing [email protected], or by giving online at volunteer.truist.com/cng-uwa/donate/?fdn=53435&_vm10302425432_=UWW_LUW.