The United Way of Franklin County recently kicked off its community campaign.

This year, campaign organizers hope to raise at least $900,000 to help financially support the work of 27 collaborating non-profit programs to impact the community for the better. The programs provide for basic needs, nurture early learning, help foster financial stability for families and promote a better connection to health.

"The needs of the agencies exceed our goal," admitted United Way Executive Director Amy Hicks.

During a kickoff event volunteers delivered campaign materials, visited supporting companies and checked in with programs supported by the campaign.

"Rather than do a single event, we decided to take it out to the communities across the county," Hicks explained. "It's a great way for us to reach more people in more places."

Campaign "thermometers” for tracking incoming donations are placed throughout the county.

This is the 75th year for United Way campaign in Franklin County, which began as a Community Chest in 1942. Established to help neighbors and strengthen community, United Way of Franklin County carries on the strong tradition of bringing community together to change lives and provide help in the local community.

"You can be confident when you are giving to the United Way that the money stays locally," said Carrie Gray, campaign co-chair. "I began working with United Way because of the trust the organization has built in our community and because I know my investment stays local.” 

For more information or to get involved with this year's United Way campaign, call 717-262-0015 or visit www.uwfcpa.org to learn more.