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United Way Sets $125,000 Goal
TELL CITY – Two young adults  have taken the reins of United Way of Perry County’s fundraising campaign for 2015. The money raised in coming months will support education, emergency-assistance and health-related services available to Perry Countians of all ages.

Founded in Perry County more than 40 years ago, United Way  has been a leader in civic engagement. This year’s campaign was launched during last month’s Schweizer Fest with a goal of $125,000.

Heading the campaign are Andy Hollinden, who is employed by Deloitte, and Mallory Gee, who is employed by Edward Jones in Tell City.

Hollinden co-chaired last year’s campaign, which raised more than $112,000. He is a third-generation chairman for United Way. His father, Tony, and late grandfather, Jim, led past campaigns.

Campaign newsletters were recently mailed and Hollinden and Gee are already meeting with employers and other groups to explain the work of United Way and the services its partner organizations provide.

They will be aided by the group’s executive director, Rebecca Fenn, and United Way trustees.

As he did last year, Hollinden pointed to the breadth of services delivered by United Way-funded organizations and the role of community trustees who work to ensure every dollar is invested carefully and with involvement from community trustees and others.

“United Way continues to support local initiatives that help community residents lead a better life,” a joint letter from the two campaign chairs said. “We’re all fortunate to have an organization that provides a family focus for our small community.

”Some of the organizations the co-chairs singled out include a weekend backpack program that provides meals to students each week. A Dolly Parton Imagination Library sends more than 300 books each month to children.

Gee spoke about United Way’s Holiday Helpers program that helps to ensure children have a bright Christmas. United Way also sponsors an annual Youth Day of Caring that draws volunteers to donate time to working at local nonprofit organizations. And there’s Stuff the Bus, a late-summer school-supply drive that provides items to students heading back to schools.

“United Way impacts our community in so many positive ways, especially with children, Gee said. “Working together, we can give our kids a brighter future and that’s vital to our community’s success.

”More than 99 percent of funds donated to United Way remain in the community.

United Way’s campaign chairpeople and trustees have often said that gifts of all sizes make a difference in the lives of others. For example, a $25 contribution, less than 50 cents a week, can provide school supplies to a student in need. A gift of $1 per week, or $52 a year, will help provide food for a family of five for four days. Larger gifts can do even more good, but United Way stresses the need for everyone in the community to join the effort, Hollinden said.

United Way’s community partners for 2015 serve three broad areas: Education, emergency assistance and health.

Education partners are Perry County 4-H Council, Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Leadership Perry County, Perry County Adult Education, Perry Central Family Outreach, Buffalo Trace Boy Scout Council, Tell City Schools Family Outreach, Perry County Learning Partnership and Girl Scouts of Southwestern Indiana.

Providing emergency assistance are Salvation Army, Perry County  Food Coalition, Widow’s Barrel Food Pantry, Weekend Backpack Food Program and Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance. United Way partners providing health services are Crisis Connection, Anderson Woods, Deaconess VNA Plus, Perry County Council on Aging and Perry County Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Gifts to the campaign can be made in several ways, in a lump sum, quarterly and, in many cases, through the partnership of local companies, by payroll deduction.

To make a contribution to this year’s campaign, call (812) 547-2577 or send email to unitedwayperry@gmail.com.

More information is also available at the United Way’s website, www.unitedwayperryco.org.

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