With just four weeks left to reach this year’s $2,825,000 fundraising goal, Mesa United Way is challenging the community to come up with the $178,000 shortfall.
“We’re nearly 94 percent there,” said Linda Haskell, resource development director for Mesa United Way. “The community needs to know that every dollar they donate goes directly to programs that serve people of all ages in Mesa. These range from youth recreation and guidance programs to providing shelter for homeless families and meals for senior citizens in need.”
Mesa United Way President Dan Wollam said that while the economy has improved, many people in Mesa are still struggling.
“There are a lot of people still out of work who are in danger of losing their homes, or they’ve lost their homes,” Wollam said. “Our 27 partner agencies do a fantastic job helping these people not just survive, but get back on their feet. We just can’t afford to fall even one dollar short of our goal.”
Haskell said even modest donations are helpful and appreciated. In fact, they make up the bulk of the annual campaign.
“If $5 is all you can afford, that’s fine; the food bank can feed a number of hungry people with that $5 because they know how to make it stretch. If you can give more, that’s fine too,” she said.
To contribute online, visit www.MesaUnitedWay.org and click the Donate Now button. To make a credit card donation by phone, call (480) 969-8601; or, mail or drop off a check at the Mesa United Way headquarters, 137 E. University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201.
The 2011-12 fundraising campaign ends June 30.
• Bob Schuster is a volunteer public information specialist for the Mesa United Way.