From staff reports
LEWISTOWN - After falling 8 percent short of the $600,000 campaign goal, the United Way has extended the final giving deadline until March 31. Funds have remained at the $552,730 mark for the last three weeks. The United Way needs to raise $47,270 to make its goal.
"If the campaign comes up short, local agencies that help people in need will have to cut back. It could affect the homeless and the working poor who are struggling to stay off welfare but need support offered by the Coalition of H.O.P.E.S. It could hurt the children who are being mentored, tutored and fed as well as limit services for the elderly and people with special needs.
"Fact is, the United Way quietly and effectively reaches into every corner of our county to help those who are trying to help themselves. It provides funding to organizations that must demonstrate consistent results to be eligible for funding.
"'It's not about how many people are provided for and served. It's not about how many programs or partners are united,' said Marie Mulvihill, executive director of the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata. 'For the United Way, it's about bottom line results, the lives that are changed.'
"If you have an extra $10, $100 or $1,000 to donate, we'd say now is the time to be a hero or heroine for the agencies worried about service cuts that may result from not making the goal. It's never too late to save the day or know that you have somehow helped other human beings."
Donations can be mailed to the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata at 13 E. Third St., Lewistown, PA, 17044 or given online at www.mjunitedway.org. For more information, contact the United Way at 248-9636.