United Way nears end of fundraising

LEWISTOWN – The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata has reached 92 percent, or $552,730, of its goal of $600,000 during the campaign that began on Sept. 19, 2012, and runs until March 15.

The Juniata Valley YMCA is one of the agencies that benefits from working with the United Way. Executive Director John McCullough explains how partnering with the United Way has served the Juniata Valley YMCA:

“The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata and the Juniata Valley YMCA have been partners for as long as the agencies have existed in the area. The United Way and the YMCA are vibrant parts of this community.

“The needs of the community may change with time but certain issues are always there. These needs are intertwined in everything the YMCA and the United Way do, focusing on bettering the quality of life for the entire community.

“The funding the Juniata Valley YMCA receives from the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata helps the YMCA provide programs for groups and individuals who could not otherwise afford to come to the YMCA. This support is a clear commitment by the local community to help individuals engage in programs and activities that will improve their lifestyle and personal wellbeing. The YMCA believes that no individual should be turned away because of financial need.

“The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata is a cohesive element. It is both a forum and reflection of our community. It brings diverse agencies together to discuss their needs and wants with committed volunteers who make difficult decisions on how to share community contributions. Your support makes this work for all of us.”