The 2011-12 United Way Campaign has almost reached the half way mark.
According to numbers provided during a report luncheon Friday afternoon, the campaign has collected $245,298.33 in pledges, about 49 percent of the $500,000 goal.
Pat DeMonte, executive director, said the total shows the campaign is on track with last year's gifts, and she said she expects to achieve the goal this year.
During the meeting, representatives of three United Way programs - Community Hospice Care, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio and First Call For Help - provided updates and said many of their services hinge on community support. In particular, Susan Beck, director of First Call for Help, said calls have doubled in the past month as people are looking for utility assistance and in some cases shelter as winter approaches.
DeMonte said local business Subtle Verse is offering a special fundraising option, in which people can choose to order from 28 unique greeting cards, 12 holiday greeting cards or a limited edition Bridges of Seneca County print, with 50 percent of the sale to be donated to the United Way. For more information or to place an order, visit the store at 181 Jefferson St. or online at www.subtleversefundraising.com. For online orders, use promo code UWSENECA.
For more information on the campaign or the United Way, contact (419) 448-0355 or visit www.tsunitedway.com.