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|United Way Makes Another Plea for Help
|The Knox County United Way came close to its goal in its annual fundraising campaign this year, raising more money than last year, but officials there are concerned thanks to the ongoing state budget crisis.
The organization is planning a public meeting that will be Monday night starting at six o'clock at the Galesburg Public Library -- the first of several being planned to explain the plight of the United Way, and the 22 partner agencies they serve through 30 different programs.
Carl Sandburg College Literacy Coalition head Carlos Duncan is in charge of the United Way's Communications Committee, and tells WGIL the public, and perhaps even lawmakers, may not even realize just how many people are served by something the United Way helps fund.
"There's been 39,000 people served by United Way of Knox County," Duncan said. "More people have been served than there is in Galesburg. There's kind of a misconception. A lot of people think this is just Galesburg. But, we want to let people know that it's other places -- Yates City, Abingdon. They're being served by United Way also."
Duncan says similar meetings are being planned for sites in Knoxville, Abingdon, Oneida, and others. $348,000 was raised through the campaign this year, or about 94% of their goal.
But officials say the partner agencies are asking for more money because of actual and projected state budget cuts, so essentially, the agencies won't be able to get what they're asking for from the United Way.
For more information on the Knox County United Way, CLICK HERE.
(The Knox County United Way recognized City of Galesburg employees during the March 1 Galesburg City Council meeting. WGIL News Story and File Photo by Will Stevenson.)
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