Graham Area United Way Chair Eddy Neal shows off the organization which will benefit from funds raised for the 2020-2021 campaign. As the campaign draws to a close the organization is closing in on their goal of $100,000.
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Graham Area United Way close in on campaign goal
After having the expectation of a rocky fundraising campaign due to COVID-19, Graham Area United Way surpassed 90% of their $100,000 goal for their 2020-2021 campaign. As of Nov. 24, the organization had reached 93% of their campaign goal, or $92,730.
GAUW is a non-profit organization made up of local volunteers which raise funds for local organizations within the Young County community each year. This year, the organization will benefit 10 local agencies which are the Senior Citizens Center, Bethel Children’s Daycare, Graham Backpack Buddies, Graham Girls Softball, Graham Youth Baseball, Meals on Wheels, Salvation Army - Graham Unit, Virginia’s House Family Resource Center, Young County 4-H Club and the Young County Child Welfare Board.
The organization kicked off their fundraising efforts in late September and pushed in October for a final fundraising effort needing only $36,059 to reach their campaign goal. GAUW kicked off their fundraising campaign in September by announcing they had met 46% of their $100,000 goal with $46,553.12 raised. Campaign Chair Eddy Neal said since the kickoff the organization has been surprised by the response in the community.
For the rest of the story, see the Dec. 2 edition of The Graham Leader.