United Way reaches out to eleventh hour donors

NORWICH – With just one day left to go in its annual fundraising campaign, the United Way of Chenango County is facing a bleak finish to what’s likely to be its worst campaign turnout in nearly 20 years.

“We have a few outstanding donations, but we are looking at raising a total of a little more than $402,000,” said Chenango United Way Director Elizabeth Monaco.

The Chenango United Way set sights on a $456,000 goal this year, approximately $12,000 more than was raised during its 2013 campaign. The most recent campaign got off to a strong start in September; but money donated in recent weeks has become less and less, said Monaco, and the agency is pondering how it will assist the 28 community programs and 18 food pantries and soup kitchens in the county that requested funding to help keep their doors open.

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