United Way of Greater Duluth Celebrates Successful Campaign
Posted at: 03/05/2013 1:53 PM
| Updated at: 03/05/2013 11:00 PM
By: Alan Hoglund
Duluth non-profit organization is celebrating a successful end of another fundraising campaign.
The United Way of Greater Duluth held the Annual Campaign Celebration & Awards Luncheon at the DECC Tuesday, to celebrate the community and individuals for their financial contributions.
According to the organization, they have collected $2,057,143 in their 2012-2013 campaign. It is about $7,000 fewer than last year, but numbers haven't been finalized yet. The total collected in the most recent campaign is expected to increase when that happens.
So what happens with the money now? Paula Reed, the president of United Way of Greater Duluth, explained. "We bring all the individual and organization gifts together and we pool it together into one big pot. Then, it's decided by our volunteers how that will be invested into local programs. The neat thing is all the money stays local so people know that they're really making a difference in the lives of people who live and work right here in," she said.
Some the organization said it was able to accomplish last year include:
- 1.7 million pounds of food provided to those who were hungry
- 450,000 articles of clothing provided to individuals
- More than 7,500 youth participated in programming that increased academic achievement
- 23,000 nights of shelter were provided to the homeless
- More than 15,000 uninsured and under-insured people received physical and dental health services
- More than 22,000 people had basic needs met, like food, shelter, clothing and safety
For more information on the United Way of Greater Duluth and to learn about donating, visit their website.