United Way raises 97 percent of campaign goal

CNJ staff reports

For the second straight year, the Curry County United Way’s pledge drive surpassed the previous year’s drive. And for the second straight year, the campaign fell short of its campaign goal.

The campaign’s final tally was $381,079, or 97 percent of the $392,500 goal and 6.75 percent above last year’s total.

But while the pledges fell short of the goal, Curry County United Way Executive Director Erinn Burch said she was happy with the campaign, which ended Thursday.

“We’re really happy and real proud,” Burch said. “I could set the goal at what I made last year and I could be almost assured of passing it every time and get really good headlines, but I would also probably stop a lot earlier. This keeps us always wanting a little bit more.”

The increase from the previous year shows the community’s support for the campaign’s priorities, Curry County United Way Campaign Chair Ray Sullivan said in a press release.

Those four priorities are crisis intervention, strengthening youth and families, increasing self-sufficiency and putting citizens to work.

“Thank you to everyone and every company or corporation that gave to this year’s Curry County campaign,” Sullivan said in the release. “We may not have met goal, but we did move the bar significantly higher.”

Entities that gave the most this year were Clovis schools, Plains Regional Medical Center and Allsup’s, Burch said.

Burch is now forming a committee of volunteers to make suggestions for distributing the pledges. Another committee — five United Way board members and four volunteers — will iron out the suggestions and present them to the 26-member board for approval.

The first checks will be dispersed in March, Burch said.

The local United Way has enjoyed 10- and 13-percent increases in donations the two previous campaigns. This year, the United Way donors are supporting 15 local agencies.