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Local United Way at 43% of fundraising goal

LEWISTOWN — The United Way of Mifflin-Juniata announced Thursday it has so far raised $193,000 or 43% of the $450,000 goal for the 2022 campaign.

This amount is 11% less than this time last year. This decrease is attributed to the uncertainty of the last two years caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the United Way said.

There are several major workplace campaigns that are underway and the United Way said it is hopeful those will raise a comparable amount to last year, although the United Way said many of the workplace campaigns that have been completed raised less than last year.

The majority of donations to the United Way come from workplace campaigns and corporate contributions. Any company that would like to participate in a workplace campaign or make a donation still has time to do so. Those companies are encouraged to contact the United Way office to find out how to join the many local organizations that participate in employee giving.

The United Way works hard to fund programs and initiatives that can change the course of someone’s life for the better. The organization supports many great local non-profit agencies through various programs, all of which supply aid to the community in the areas of education, income and health. These programs provide an assortment of critical services to area residents. These efforts touch the lives of thousands of men, women and children in every part of the community.

United Way partner agencies include: American Red Cross, The Abuse Network, Crossroads Pregnancy Center, Community Partnerships RC&D, Juniata County Library, Juniata Valley Council of the Boy Scouts, LUMINA Center, MidPenn Legal Services, Mifflin County Library, Compass Community Connections, NuVisions Center and Fayette Area Lions Den. Additionally, two initiatives of the United Way are made possible through community contributions: Success By 6 and The Nurse’s Pantry.

“To those who have donated, we thank you,” the M-J United Way said in a statement. “To those that are planning to join the campaign, we look forward to hearing from you!”

Donations to the 2022 campaign can be made to the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, 13 East Third St., Lewistown, PA, 17044. Contributions can also be made online by visiting www.mjunitedway.org.and clicking on “Donate” or text the word donate22 to 41444 from your smartphone.

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