The Ross County United Way has raised over 76% of its campaign goal, which will benefit local services.
Agencies and volunteers who work with United Way of Ross County met for the non-profit's final campaign report, Thursday. Campaign Co-Chair Katherine Szczesniak said they've collected over $479,000 so far.
"We're at 76.8% of this year's goal with a lot of money still coming in; we're still working very hard," said Szczesniak, "but we also still need everyone's help and their support to continue to meet our campaign goal of $625,000."
Contributions to United Way stay local and help benefit a number of services such as emergency shelter, help for domestic violence victims, and training for the disabled.
Miriam King, campaign co-chair, said despite the current state of the economy, people are still reaching into their pockets to help out: "Chillicothe's extraordinarily generous, and I'm brought to tears sometimes at the generosity of the people."
United Way's Mary Elsass said the money raised in the 2012 campaign will benefit over 30 agency programs in 2013.
"But we also have our community impact initiatives, which are larger projects that we work with others in the community for a broader outreach, and that's things like the free tax preparation program, Dolly Parton's Imagination Library for education, and we are working very hard with the Ross County Hunger Coalition to end hunger in our county," said Elsass.
Log on to www.unitedwayross.org to learn more.