United Way Reaches First Goal

The United Way of East Mississippi Monday announced it's on its way to reaching its 2010-2011 goal.

The mark on the familiar thermometer that charts fundraising progress has reached the 20% level.

United Way wants to raise at least $900,000 for member agencies.

"This represents part of the return from our pacesetter campaign. We're very excited about where we are. We are ahead this year as compared to last year with regard to reporting of contributions to United Way," said John Anderson, co-chairman of the campaign. "It's a very exciting time. We have a long way to go. We have a very robust goal of $900,000, which is actually a first for this community."

Anderson said he believes the good start shows a lot of momentum for the campaign.

United Way uses the funds raised to assist agencies like Salvation Army, Wesley House, and Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

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