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United Way director expects to reach goal

COVINGTON -- The Covington-Newton County United Way is reporting a satisfactory campaign so far this year, having raised $350,000 of the $400,000 goal.

Executive Director Doris Strickland said more contributions from local businesses will be collected by the end of the year, and the final numbers, including donations made through corporate headquarters, won't be in until February.

"I feel like we will, when all of this comes in from other places, come very, very close to (goal)," she said.

Strickland that industry General Mills, with its dollar for dollar match of employee contributions, has donated $176,000 this year, the largest amount from any donor.

Last year's fundraising goal was reduced to $350,000 in light of economic hardships faced by so many individuals, businesses and organizations that normally contribute. But as the campaign wrapped up at the end of the year, the grand total climbed to just more than $400,000, prompting the higher goal to be set this year.

United Way contributes to about 20 local non-profits, with allocations made early in the new year. Companies participate in the United Way campaign through voluntary deductions from employees' paychecks.

Individual contributions can be mailed to P.O. Box 1344, Covington, GA.