United Way Tops Campaign Goals In Panhandle

United Way of Western Nebraska and its satellite United Way of Western Nebraska serving Box Butte and Dawes Counties surpassed their 2019-2020 campaign goals.

The Scottsbluff-based parent group brought in more than $366,000 to top its goal by $58,000 or 18% while the Box Butte and unit also exceeded its goal by double-digits, coming within $170 of $100,000 on a goal of $90,000.

Funds were raised by individual and business donations as well as United Way special events, and will remain the areas they were raised. For the northern unit, over $92,000 will stay in Box Butte County and almost $7,700 in Dawes County.

Among the missions of United Way is serving as an umbrella fundraising organization for local non-profit agencies with those partner agencies applying for funding each year. Money from the just-concluded campaign is aiding 13 in Box Butte County and 4 in Dawes County

United Way Box Butte Dawes Director Karen Benzel says that by partnering with local non-profits, United Way helps donor dollars go farther and be more efficient – allowing the partners to focus on their programs and clients instead of fundraising.

Benzel also says the great success of the just-completed campaign is a testament to the continued support by the local community to both United Way and the partner agencies such as CAPstone, Doves, and Northwest Community Action Partnership Community Services.

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