Raising money through the generous donations of local people and businesses is more vital today for human service providers than ever before.
Because of its dire fiscal situation, the state of Illinois is cutting back on funding for services to help our neediest residents. And what the state still does fund, it often takes months to pay for the services already provided.
Family Service and Community Mental Health Center collapsed earlier this year because it essentially didn’t have enough money to keep its operations going.
The fact is, local nonprofits are having to rely more and more on community donations.
The United Way of Greater McHenry County is one agency working hard to see that those donations are made.
The local United Way funds 38 human-service programs at 22 partner agencies, all here in McHenry County. Those programs touch the lives of about 84,000 people, or one in four people living in McHenry County.
The United Way kicked off its annual fundraising campaign last week, setting its goal at $1.6 million. That’s a little bit more than the $1,568,660 raised last year.
It’s vital that the United Way meets – or better yet, exceeds – its goal.
It doesn’t take much.
“When you talk about even $1 a week, that is $52 a year. Combine that with hundreds of other pledges, and it starts to add up,” Executive Director Steve Otten told us for a news story that published Saturday. “No commitment is too small.”
If you’ve given in past years, see whether you can give an additional dollar or more a week this year. If you haven’t given in past years, why don’t you start this year? You can start small.
As Otten said, even just $1 a week helps.
That $1 goes a long way toward helping local people who really need it.