United Way of the Midlands Wraps up Traditional Campaign Season, Community Still Needs Your Help

January 24, 2009

COLUMBIA, SC – January 23, 2009  – United Way of the Midlands will host an event to recognize companies that have helped make the traditional 2008-2009 fundraising campaign season a success on January 29, 2009 at 5PM at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Even while experiencing an unprecedented nationwide downturn in economic conditions, many companies, organizations and individuals right here in the Midlands are finding ways to help meet the growing needs of the community with generous contributions to United Way of the Midlands. Exciting workplace giving campaigns, corporate contributions and individual gifts are helping to fund programs and efforts of more than 80 partner agencies that provide much needed health and human services in this community.

“In many ways, the campaign this year has already been a tremendous success thanks to our volunteers, generous donors and dedicated campaign staff,” said Mac Bennett, President and CEO of United Way of the Midlands. “Unfortunately, though, the needs of our community are greater now than ever so we all must come together in the spirit of living united to improve the lives of our neighbors here in the Midlands.” 

There is always more work to be done and United Way still needs to raise a significant amount to get closer to their $12.2 million goal.

Workplace giving campaigns will continue to run throughout the year with companies such as Providence Hospital and educational institutions, including the University of South Carolina and Columbia College kicking off their campaigns in the coming months.

There is still time to run a campaign at your company or workplace. If you are interested or would like to learn more, please contact Mike Gray at [email protected] or (803) 733-5422. For individuals who are interested in giving outside of a place of business, go to www.uway.org to donate now.

About United Way of the Midlands

United Way of the Midlands is the most organized, efficient and accountable system for investing in the community. With more than 80 certified partner agencies, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations. For more information, please visit www.uway.org.