LEWISTOWN - Instead of winding down its long fundraising campaign, United Way of Mifflin-Juniata continues to push forward. With the close of the campaign just weeks away and 82 percent of the $600,000 goal met, the organization is appealing to the community for help in staving off a major shortfall for its 2014 campaign, which ends March 15.
"We know it's been a tough year. But we can't put the needs of our community on hold," said Marie Mulvihill, executive director. "We need people to respond, and respond quickly.
"If the campaign falls short, the United Way partner agencies will see a drastic reduction in funding. Programs that have a real impact on local people's lives will lose vital funding, most of which already are stretched to the limit," she said.
Cuts at the federal and state levels have had significant impact on local programs and United Way dollars will be needed more than ever.
To help assure that these resources will be available in the coming year, United Way is asking first-time donors to give $25 and past donors to give an additional $25.
Donations can be made to the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata, 13 E. Third St., Lewistown, PA, 17044, by phone at 248-9636 or online at www.mjunitedway.org.