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United Way supports all county residents

The Worthington Area United Way begins its 2006-07 fund-raising drive Monday. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the past years and hope that we can be assured of your continued support. The Worthington Area United W...

The Worthington Area United Way begins its 2006-07 fund-raising drive Monday. I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support in the past years and hope that we can be assured of your continued support. The Worthington Area United Way touches every resident in Nobles County through the agencies that we support.

Last March, we had more non-profit agencies come to our Board of Directors than in the years past and the total dollars requested exceeded the past year's request. As a board, we did our very best to support the agencies as our budget allowed. Our board listens to each agency's purpose of the request. The money that is given to the agencies must be spent on a special program or project and cannot be used for operating expenses. After all agencies have presented their request, time is spent as a board to decide on the amount of bequest for each agency. Some of the factors that the board looks at during that process are: How will the money be spent? Is it for a special purpose that meets the United Way's criteria? How many people are served? Does the budget show that the agency is well managed?

Over 90 percent of the money that the Worthington Area United Way raised during the year stays in Nobles County and is given to the agencies in two payments. If this year's goal of $135,000 is not met, the second payment to the agencies may be decreased, so it is very important that every resident of Nobles County continue their support. We ask if you could please consider a slight increase in your gift from last year which would allow our Board of Directors to support all the agencies 100 percent of what we promised them.

I would like to thank you in advance for your continued support to the Worthington Area United Way. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the United Way office at 372-2919.

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