ELKHART— The United Way of Elkhart County has surpassed its $1.9 million goal through community and corporate donations for the 2017 campaign, organizers announced this week.
The amount pledged to date is $1,925,000, with pledges and donations still being counted toward the campaign.
“‘AMAZING!’ This is the first word that comes to mind when I think about our community,” said United Way President and CEO Bill Reith. “People have sacrificially and generally given to help improve the lives of their neighbors.”
About 4,000 people pledged to the 2017 campaign, which kicked off in August, including more than 120 workplace fundraising efforts. Notably, donations from Keystone RC Company topped $400,000, making it the single largest United Way campaign ever held in Elkhart County, according to Matt Puro, spokesman for the local nonprofit organization.
The United Way supports more than 30 community programs and initiatives in Elkhart County. Last year, the nonprofit raised $1.9 million, and this year, the organization sought to exceed that amount, organizers said.
“Every year our goal is to grow our revenue and our impact in Elkhart County,” Puro said. “We fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the community and each dollar we raise gives us greater ability to further our mission and to advance the common good.”
Keith Sarber, vice president of community impact at United Way, said the nonprofit’s community investment portfolio is focused on helping working families who are working hard but falling short.
“We see individuals who have employment difficulties because of a lack of affordable quality childcare, we see families who are barely able to make ends meet and where an unanticipated expense can lead to a crises, and we see families who are doing fine until a health problem derails them,” Sarber said. “It is United Way’s mission to build a better community and to give people the opportunity to have financial stability and a good life.”
Rieth said United Way’s programs impacts about one out of every five people in Elkhart County, and the money generated from the campaign will help them to further accomplish that goal.
“We are truly blessed to live in such an amazingly giving and caring community,” he said. “Thank you to everyone who gave and made an impact.”