The United Way of East Mississippi and West Alabama has announced its 2006-2007 Pacesetter Campaign.
Twelve companies are partnering with the agency to give a strong kick-start to help reach its $900,000 goal.
The united Way supports services that reach into all areas of need in the community.
"And unfortunately the need is greater than ever. After Katrina, we had an influx of people who relocated and which increased the amount of need that our agencies have to support in our community. And so, it's very important that these companies be successful in their campaigns, because to meet these needs takes money," said United Way board chairman Brian Finnegan.
The Pacesetter Companies are completing their fund-raising early, before Sept. 14, aiming to provide 30 percent of the goal.
The 2006 Pacesetter Companies are listed below:
Alliance Health Center
Citizens National Bank
City of Meridian
Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center
Meridian Coca Cola
Riley Memorial Hospital
Rush Health Systems
They will also participate in The United Way's "Day of caring" on Friday. These companies allow their employees to work all day as volunteers at United Way agencies.