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Our view: Help United Way make goal

The United Way of Greater McHenry County’s annual fundraising campaign is ongoing. To date, it’s lagging behind where it was last year, and last year’s campaign fell short of its goal. From the beginning of the campaign in September through late last week, the United Way has raised slightly more than $120,000, or about 7.5 percent of its goal of $1.6 million.

Money raised this year goes to pay for human services programing across the county next year. Because of the state’s financial problems, these social service agencies need every dollar that local residents can afford to contribute.

Family Services and Community Mental Health Center in McHenry closed its doors earlier this year because of severe financial problems. It provided vital mental health counseling and other programming to local residents in need. Other agencies have stepped up to fill the void left by Family Services’ collapse, but because the state has cut its funding to human services and is behind on paying its bills by several months for work already completed, most are struggling.

The local United Way funds programming for 23 human service agencies in the county. Among them are Big Brothers Big Sisters, CASA, Child Advocacy Center, Faith in Action, Family Health Partnership Clinic, Home of the Sparrow, Pioneer Center for Human Services, The Salvation Army and Turning Point. For a complete list, visit its website at www.uwmchenry.org.

The county’s neediest residents – those who rely on the programs that the United Way funds – are counting on the generosity of area residents. One way to give back to the community is by donating to the United Way.

If you’ve given in past years, see whether you can give a little bit more this year. If you haven’t given in past years, why don’t you start this year? Even just $1 a week helps. Visit the local United Way’s website for information on how to contribute.

And if your employer doesn’t partner with the United Way and offer its employees an easy way to contribute, suggest to a human resources representative or manager that it starts.


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