published Saturday, November 24th, 2012

United Way of Greater Chattanooga making progress

United Way of Greater Chattanooga campaign Chairwoman Alison Lebovitz addresses attendants of United Way's annual Community Campaign Kickoff at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center.
United Way of Greater Chattanooga campaign Chairwoman Alison Lebovitz addresses attendants of United Way's annual Community Campaign Kickoff at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center.
Photo by Allison Love /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The United Way of Greater Chattanooga now has satisfied more than two-thirds of its $12 million stretch goal for its 2012 community campaign.

As of Wednesday, the campaign, which runs until the end of the year, had raised $8.1 million, or 67.5 percent.

"We are so excited to have reached this critical milestone," campaign chairwoman Alison Lebovitz said in a news release, "but we still have a lot of ground to cover to provide this community with the vital services it needs."

When the campaign's target goal of $11.6 million is considered, the local organization has raised 69.8 percent of its objective.

No units have completed their campaigns, but the Marion County unit has raised 72 percent of its goal and the North Georgia unit 52 percent of its target.

Elsewhere, according to officials, the education campaign within the larger Hamilton County campaign has shown an increase to date.

A new Volkswagen campaign will run between Nov. 26 and Dec. 7, according to resource development vice president Brent Taylor.

Lebovitz said campaign leaders are optimistic about United Way's prospects of meeting this year's ambitious goal.

"We will be working very hard through the holidays to reach our community goal, and [we] continue to be inspired by and [are] grateful for the generosity of our donors," she said in the release.

Businesses interested in donating or holding a campaign should call 752-0370 or visit www.LiveUnitedChattanooga.org.

People who haven't been given an opportunity to contribute to the campaign may call Taylor at 752-0310.

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