United Way of Nobles County meets its goal
WORTHINGTON -- Through multiple fundraisers and the help of numerous local businesses and individuals, the United Way of Nobles County has reached this year's fundraising goal of $150,000 earlier than expected.
Fundraising began in the middle of September and the goal is normally met in February or March, according to Darlene Macklin, executive director of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce
"Some years we stretch into the spring and maybe have to do other fundraising," said Colin O'Donnell, United Way of Nobles County president. "This year, we were blessed to meet our goal very early."
O'Donnell commended the work of local organizations that have helped raise funds for the program, specifically noting JBS, whose employees raised $95,485.
"JBS has a program where a group of their HR and management workers come together and appoint leaders that go out and ask the other employees for funds," he said. "A big reason we reached our goal early is because of the fantastic work of JBS."
Through last year's efforts, 26 local organizations were supported financially and were able to continue filling needs within the community.
Jennifer Hyk, Nobles County Red Cross, said the support of United Way is invaluable to the work her organization does.
"This fiscal year we have responded to five fires and two of those have been apartment fires with multiple victims," Hyk said. "We have been able to help those victims with food, shelter and clothing. We could not do that without the support of United Way.
"They are wonderful," she added. "We could not do what we do without them.
The 26 board member organizations will now begin the process of reviewing application and allocating the money to various organizations.
"Every year we look at all of the applications and analyze what the needs are in the community," O'Donnell said. "Last year we found there was a greater need in food shelters, and so we gave more dollars there."
United Way of Nobles County remains grateful for the community support and anticipates being able to help many local non-profits again this year.
"We are very appreciative to everyone in Nobles County that has given to United Way," O'Donnell said. "I am very proud to be able to be part of it."
Daily Globe Reporter Alyson Buschena may be reached at 376-7322.