President John Lee recently announced that the Clay County United Way has met -- and exceeded -- its $105,000 donation goal for 2004.
"Thanks to Clay County's generosity, we can all enjoy a better standard of living through use of the agencies United Way supports," Lee said.
As of now, $109,107 has been raised by the local United Way group. Lee said that it was hard to pinpoint an exact number of donors because of the way some donations are taken. Many people, he explained, simply donate through payroll deductions from their companies. Employees at Great Dane, Spun Metals, Kroger, and Wal-Mart are a few groups who do this.
Lee said that while Clay County's United Way never really has problems reaching its goal, others do.
"I know United Way of the Wabash Valley is struggling," he said. "A lot of others are, too."
Businesses, organizations, and citizens give to UW's cause, but Lee says that residents, in the end, give the biggest push.
"If people didn't support these businesses and organizations, they wouldn't be as generous," he said.
Clay County United Way gives to 22 organizations county and country-wide. Among those supported are Habitat For Humanity, the Clay County Emergency Food Pantry, Clay County Cooperative Benevolence Ministry, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.
For more information call the Clay County United Way at 446-2262.