03 - 27 - 2014 2014 M-J United Way Campaign falls 10% short of annual goal
[LS] - With just 10% short of reaching the $600,000 goal, the United Way of Mifflin-Juniata concluded their annual fund-raising campaign with a total $540,017 in donations. In a press release issued this week, United Way Board President Sandy Lauver said, "We knew from the get-go this would be a challenging year. With the tough economic times, it was a hard year for all. For donor giving, it may have been the most challenging since the Great Depression." Many economic factors were at work that affected how residents were able to give, according to the release. Specifically in Mifflin and Juniata counties was the high unemployment rates, an unstable state budget & number of residents living at or below the federal poverty level. The money raised during the campaign will be distributed to qualifying human service agencies in the United Way's target areas.