United Way Kicks Off Fundraising Campaign

United Way Member Agencies helped 50,873 people in need last year

United Way has begun its annual fund drive to support a variety of nonprofit agencies across Northwest Montana.

The monetary goal is $850,000. Last year’s campaign goal was $700,000, and the total raised exceeded that goal by $34,589, or 14 percent. United Way Member Agencies helped 50,873 people in need.

The campaign continues through Dec. 31, 2015.

Sherry Stevens, Executive Director of the local United Way, said community needs are greater than ever and encouraged community members to give generously to help their neighbors.

Local businesses that are interested in hosting a United Way drive in their workplaces are asked to call the United Way at 752-7266 for more information or to request a presentation or campaign resources. United Way member agencies have displays at the Kalispell Center Mall the week of Nov. 3-7 to help the campaign.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, there will be entertainment, face painting and balloons will for children of all ages throughout the day.

Donations to the annual fund drive benefit United Way Member Agencies and services in Flathead County, serving thousands of local individuals and families with a variety of needs. The United Way also provides community resources including the annual Answer Book, a counseling directory, the Montana 211 project, a Volunteer Center and the FamilyWize prescription program.