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May 21, 2014

Miami Co. United Way announces 2014 campaign

Group aims to raise $195,000 for 10 local non-profits

Coming off a successful 2013 campaign that achieved 106 percent of its goal, the United Way of Miami County announced its 2014 campaign goal has been set at $195,000.

This year’s campaign theme is “The Keys to the Future are in Your Hands." It will highlight programs and projects that provide financial training and education, United Way officials said.

The goal is to empower Miami County citizens to maximize income potential and opportunities while learning basic financial management skills needed to live within their means and budgets.

The campaign welcomes co-chairmen Stan Hall, the chief operating officer for Peru Community Schools, and Maconaquah High School Principal Dave Noonan.

The 10 organizations selected as partners for the 2014 campaign are the American Red Cross of North Central Indiana, Healthy Families, Boy Scouts Sagamore Council, Dental Clinic, Domestic Violence Shelter, Miami Child Abuse Prevention, the Salvation Army, Wabash/Miami Home Health Care & Hospice, Miami County YMCA and Miami County YMCA Transportation.

The 10 non-profit agencies were recommended for approval after a three-month selection and evaluation process that began with agency application submissions in January.

Agencies are evaluated and selected upon their ability to deliver services to the county that meet United Way objectives. This year’s group includes the traditional core agencies that have served faithfully through the years.

The new agency, Healthy Families, is actually a program that has historically been part of the United Way campaign through the Miami County Child Abuse Prevention organization.

“United Way officials are looking forward to maintaining a good relationship with all of the agencies and helping them provide the best possible programs and services to the community,” United Way Director Debi Wallick said. “As the needs of Miami County continue to grow, our goal is to reach out and help as many people as we can. Everyone’s continued support has a direct effect on the success of our campaign and the number of Miami County residents we can help.”

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