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Oskaloosa – With a goal of $440,000, the United Way of Mahaska County is beginning its fundraising campaign for 2013. From now to early November, funds will be donated from area businesses and members of the community to help support local nonprofit organizations. This year’s goal is up slightly from last year’s campaign total of $432,616.

The United Way of Mahaska County kicked off its campaign last week with Day of Caring. Local workplace teams and individuals spent time cleaning up parks, pitching in at local nonprofits and working at area homes in need.  It’s a great way to show volunteers all the needs in the community. This day is also seen as a kick start to Campaign by getting people in the community to see their neighbors out doing good deeds for their community.

This year’s campaign goal is set at $440,000, but that doesn’t mean all needs are being met.

“Each year we get around $100,000 more in requests than we are able to provide so that leads to some tough decisions when it’s time to distribute the funds,” says Amy Langdon, Executive Director of United Way of Mahaska County

Funds raised through the campaign will enable nonprofit organizations in Mahaska County to continue to aid members of our community in need, providing counseling services, temporary housing assistance, childcare scholarships and much more.

Local businesses encourage employees to get involved in different ways, though donations, volunteering or by attending fundraising events likecook-offs, breakfasts and raffles.

“We are so lucky in this community to have so many businesses who care, who are giving their time and money to support us,” says Langdon.

The Board of Directors of United Way of Mahaska County and all those involved with this year’s campaign want to extend a thank you to all who donate and support area nonprofit organizations.

To donate online, go to our website unitedwaymahaska.org, or for more information, you can call Amy Langdon at 641.673.6043.