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Whiteside County donors help United Way exceed its 2019 goal; 2020 campaign set to launch

Travis Campbell, 10, of Sterling shows off his decorated pumpkin after a pumpkin pool party October at the Sterling/Rock Falls Family YMCA. The Y is one of 25 nonprofit organizations and programs supported by donations made to United Way of Whiteside County, which is kicking off its 2020 campaign this month with a goal of $800,000.
Travis Campbell, 10, of Sterling shows off his decorated pumpkin after a pumpkin pool party October at the Sterling/Rock Falls Family YMCA. The Y is one of 25 nonprofit organizations and programs supported by donations made to United Way of Whiteside County, which is kicking off its 2020 campaign this month with a goal of $800,000.

STERLING – United Way of Whiteside County is ready to launch its 2020 fundraising campaign on the heels of a successful 2019 effort.

The 2019 fall campaign's goal was $775,000, which was exceeded by more than $80,000: All told, $857,423 was raised.

That amount includes some COVID-19 donations for programs, agencies, and services, United Way said in a news release announcing the results.

The campaign doesn't officially end until March 31, and pledges that continue to come in will be counted toward the final total.

“I am pleased to see us continue to grow in our community impact areas,” Diana Verhulst, United Way of Whiteside County CEO, said in the release.

“Our workplace campaign did better than last year, but it still needs more support so that we can maintain our agency grants, which come from unrestricted donations like those we receive from the workplace and direct mail campaigns,” Verhulst said. “This is particularly important because we have added several more agency partners in the past few years.”

Donations to United Way support 24 nonprofit member agencies throughout the county, and support a program that helps eligible county residents pay for prescriptions.

The 2020 campaign kicks off in mid-August, but because of COVID-19, without the usual celebratory get-together. This year’s goal is $800,000.

The campaign also features something new – a scooter giveaway by Bollman Auto Center, on behalf of the United Way. Details on how to enter will be posted on the United Way website and Facebook page in mid-August.

This year’s campaign cabinet chairman is Coloma Park District's former director, Mike Sterba.

“I’m enthusiastic and cautiously optimistic about making our goal” during a challenging time, Sterba said in the release.

“We’re all in this together for our communities and people we serve," Sterba said.

"We’re very proud of the support our communities have given in the past and hope to continue that success.”

Call 815-625-7973, go to www.uwwhiteside.org or find United Way of Whiteside County on Facebook to donate, to volunteer, or for more information.

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