United Way still reaching for campaign goal

October 13, 2017 GMT

The Norfolk Area United Way has raised $145,665.65 so far for its 2018 campaign.

The figure was announced at the United Way’s first report meeting Wednesday.

“This is really important work that we do every year on this campaign,” said Chase Pflueger, campaign co-chairman. “Thank you to all the new people who have just been getting involved with this — like myself — in the last few years. We always need new people to come in and help with this organization to keep it going as it has been for over 50 years now. Also thank you for all of you who have been involved for years and years because we all look up to you.”

The United Way’s 2018 campaign goal is $445,000, with 99 cents of every dollar raised staying in the Norfolk area.

Kelli Wacker, director of the Northeast Nebraska Child Advocacy Center — one of the organizations benefited by United Way — spoke during Wednesday’s meeting about what the the center does and why it’s vital to the community.

“Thankfully, the United Way is there to support us with many of the other awesome agencies in our community. So when you’re out there asking for funds remember all the great things that United Way funding goes to,” Wacker said.

The final report meeting will be at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Austen Hagood, the other campaign co-chairman, encouraged volunteers — of which there are more than 300 in total — to keep working hard as the campaign wraps up in order to benefit the Norfolk area.

“We are in our final two weeks of getting this thing done,” Hagood said. “Don’t do what I did in seventh grade track and quit — finish strong. I think we can get it done and get it done for the town we all love and the area we all love, so let’s make it happen.”