The United Way exceeded its goal for its 2011 campaign, but economic hardships made it challenging. The United Way campaign began in September 2010 and ended this month, by exceeding its $1.4 million goal. Campaign chair and Monroe County Assessor Judy Sharp says it wasn’t easy.
“We knew the economic situation, and we wanted to be realistic, but still challenge ourselves and everyone else,” Sharp said.
Monroe County United Way Executive Director Barry Lessow said they had a tremendous campaign. “Indiana University brought in over $800,000 – absolutely a new record by far as well as a $50,000 campaign at General electric and IU Health Bloomington.”
The United Way uses money collected during its annual campaign to fund various community initiatives. “The Hoosier Hills Food Bank set a new record for the amount of food it distributed last year,” Lessow said.
This is an indication of the amount of people experiencing hunger in the area. Lessow said priorities include improving education, earning stability and access to essential items such as food and shelter. “We recognize education is important for kids to enter school prepared to learn, leave school ready to earn,” he said.
The next campaign will begin in September.