United Way gets campaign under way

Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2005

It’s time for area residents to reach into their pockets and donate some money to the Kenai Peninsula United Way.

The United Way kicked off its 2006 campaign at Tuesday’s Soldotna Chamber of Commerce luncheon and hopes to raise $600,000 for a variety of Kenai Peninsula community organizations.

Addressing the outpouring of money that has been donated to help Hurricane Katrina victims, this year’s campaign chair Tom Boedeker said it is important to donate locally, as well.

“We need to make sure that needs are met at home,” Boedeker said.

He said the hurricane has focused the needs of a community, illustrating the importance of the United Way.

The Kenai Peninsula United Way raises money every year to support 26 peninsula-based nonprofit community agencies such as Hospice, Boys and Girls Clubs and the American Red Cross.

Boedeker gave four reasons why he thought people should donate money to the United Way:

· It allows member agencies to spend more time on services and less on fund raising.

· It lets people help agencies they may normally overlook.

· Donating to the United Way is convenient. People can donate in cash, credit card or in some cases through a payroll deduction, he said. Boedeker added that it allows people to donate to many agencies with one donation.

· Most of the funds are spent locally. He said only a small amount is paid to the national United Way for permission to use the United Way logo and for some other resources.

“United Way provides a very large helping hand,” he said.

The United Way will make a campaign kickoff presentation at noon today at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Paradisos restaurant in Kenai. There will be a presentation Sept. 22 at the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Ohana’s Family Restaurant in North Kenai.

To make a donation, call the Kenai Peninsula United Way at 283-9500. In addition to making donations, business owners are also encouraged to allow the United Way to make a presentation to their employees.

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