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United Way of Shippensburg reaches campaign goal; Volvo gives biggest contribution

21 January 2013 No Comment

By AMBER SOUTH
@ShipNewsGirl

United Way of Shippensburg announced last week it reached its $185,000 campaign goal.

“We wanted to express a thank you out to the local community of individuals, of small business owners, as well as our state and federal representatives that contribute toward us reaching our campaign,” said Executive Director Melissa Varner.

Volvo donation: Volvo Construction Equipment, presented a check to United Way of Shippensburg for its 2012-13 campaign. Picture are, from left, Cheyenne Hess, Mike Yutesler, Alana Bingeman, Goran Lindgren, Andy Knight, Melissa Varner, Len Speers, Meg Dameron

The United Way does not keep a list of every donor, but Volvo Construction Equipment, Shippensburg, was responsible for just more than $75,000 of the goal, Varner said.

“They were our largest single contributor in the entire Shippensburg community,” she added.

That amount included about $37,818.48 in employee contributions, up from the $30,000 goal, and a contribution from the company to match employee donations.

Volvo surpassed its donation last year by $23,000.

“We are very proud of our employees for seeing the positive affect they can have through any size donation,” said Andy Williford, vice president of human resources for Volvo.

It has been reported that the down economy has put significant strain on local nonprofit agencies that often have more people to serve with less funds to do it.

“I know that many of the agencies, we visit with our agencies and we have interviewed some of our agencies and they are all telling us the same story, that they are seeing more and more people,” Varner said.

But despite that reality, the United Way saw more donations than last year, Varner said. She was optimistic from the start that United Way would achieve its goal.

“You sort of have to take a higher approach maybe and say this is my goal, this is what I’m going to do,” Varner said.

United Way donates 100 percent of proceeds to its participating agencies. The money supports agencies’ overhead expenses, allowing them to dedicate more of their time to serving clients, Varner said.

According to Varner, United Way’s provides service to the Shippensburg area, as encompassed by Shippensburg Area School District.

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