United Way nearly reaches goal

Need more $70,000 in pledges

For the Troy Daily News

TROY — With the clock ticking on its 2016 fundraising campaign, officials with United Way of Troy are hoping to get an additional $70,000 in pledges to meet its goal of $825,000.

“This community is famous for rallying and helping one another,” said Andrew Wannemacher, the second vice president and 2016 campaign co-chair of the United Way of Troy.

“People understand how much the United Way supports our local agencies and I am hopeful we can still reach our goal.”

“We have been fortunate in this community to meet our fundraising goals. This has allowed us to support our agencies through annual allocations, granting many impact grants to organizations with short-term needs and to maintain a balance sheet that supports any future community needs. Reaching our campaign goals each year ensures this will continue to be the case.”

Employees from about 45 businesses and organizations have made pledges to the latest campaign. Wannemacher said he is hoping that other businesses will decide to launch their own campaigns, giving employees a chance to donate a few dollars from their paychecks each week.

The pitch isn’t directed to business owners but to the employees, Wannemacher said. Business owners are routinely tapped to give funds for a variety of causes, he said. In a United Way campaign, employees commit to having a small amount of money deducted from their paychecks each week.

“It opens the door for people who would love to give something,” he said.

The local United Way gives money to 29 organizations.

“When you look at the breadth of the agencies, it’s highly likely that you or someone you know has been affected by or helped by United Way,” said Maurice Sadler, the 2016 president of the United Way of Troy.

For more information, call the United Way of Troy at (937) 335-8410 or visit www.unitedwayoftroy.org.

Need more $70,000 in pledges