$145,000: United Way meets goal

10:06 am | April 11, 2013

For the first time in 12 years, the Elizabethton/Carter County United Way has met its campaign goal after lowering it by Photo by Brandon Hicks20 percent.

The United Way raised $145,297 for the 2013 campaign which was slightly higher than the reduced goal of $145,000. The non-profit lowered its goal from $182,000 after one of the local agencies that received funding from the United Way closed down.

United Way Director Debbie Guy said the board of directors discussed lowering the goal after the Community Day Care closed in January. She said by lowering the goal the United Way would be able to fully fund the remaining agencies that are supported by the non-profit.

“The board had discussed going out and having other non-profit agencies apply but decided at this time of year it was best to lower the campaign goal and give the remaining agencies 100 percent,” Guy said. “If we had left the goal as it was, we would have searched for other agencies and if we had raised 80 percent, they would have gotten 80 percent. This way the agencies we had will get everything they asked for.”

United Way President Chris Mathes said it was the combined efforts of the board members, volunteers and the community that helped the agency reach its goal.

“Money has been tight,” Mathes said. “I think things are looking up for Carter County. We are ready to move forward into next year’s campaign.”

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