Marcy Hunter of the Board of Trustees, at left, and Jenny Salestrom unveil the total.
Mid-lains United Way hit its goal of $272,000, three months after the community campaign began, the group announced Tuesday.Fundraising began in early October with a chili cookoff at the First National Bank, and the campaign was active for about six weeks.
Executive Director Jenny Salestrom said contributions from businesses big and small, as well as from individuals, made the drive successful.
The funds will be distributed to 13 local charitable efforts.
Last year, the United Way goal was $220,000, but the generosity of donors pushed total contributions to $$272,000, so the board of directors set that amount as the goal this year.
“I think we’ve really gained momentum over the last few years by really getting out there,” Salestrom said. “More people know where their investments go, that they go to amazing programs that help a lot of people in the area.
The Union Pacific Foundation contributed $50,000 and the hospital and Wal-Mart DC were major contributors too. Salestrom said employee participation was strong, regardless of the size of the business.
“We’ve seen the number of donors increase,” she said. “We had a lot of businesses where 100% of the employees participated.”
“I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who donated and volunteered,” Salestrom said. “We couldn’t do it without them. We are a community organization and we couldn’t do it without the community.”
• Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center
• Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska-Homeless Prevention
• Community Connections
• L2 for Kids
• Lincoln County CASA
• Lutheran Family Services
• Nebraska Youth Center
• North Platte Kids Academy
• North Platte Senior Center
• Rape & Domestic Abuse Program
• The Connection
• The Salvation Army