Good morning. Welcome to our Live Chat with Renee Parker, director of United Way of the Black Hills.
Good morning, Renee. Please explain what the United Way is and what it does every year.
United Way of the Black Hills is an organization that raises money for 51 non-profit organizations in our area. We connect the organizations and work to solve community problems.
Are most of your contributions through employee payroll deductions?
More than half of the donations that are collected are given through employee payroll deductions.
How is the United Way fundraising campaign for 2012 going so far?
To date we have raised $2,050,688 (89%) of the fundraising goal and have until year end to meet goal.
That's not a lot of time left to meet your goal. Do you have any upcoming promotional or fundraising events?
We are all working very hard to contact individuals and businesses who have not yet given to let them know how important it is to give.
United Way of the Black Hills has expanded into Sturgis, Northern Hills and Southern Hills. How have those communities responded to the United Way?
All communities have really embraced the United Way and have had very successful efforts in each of the area. Need has no boundary, and we are priviledged to
work with such outstanding agency directors, staff and volunteers throughout the hills area.
To clarify, money raised or pledged to the Sturgis United Way, Northern Hills or Southern Hills goes to United Way agencies within those communities. The funding stays in the communities helping local nonprofits and charities. Correct?
Yes. We know that when people give, most want to help people in their own communities. Donations stay where they are raised to help those communities solve problems in their own area. Currently there are 33 organizations that benefit from the Rapid City area United Way campaign
, 21 in Sturgis, 24 in the Northern HIlls and 22 in the Southern Hills.
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You are in contact with your many United Way agencies. What are you hearing about funding needs?
Needs have been widespread. Most all of our United Way agencies have received significant funding cuts from state, local and federal government at a time when the need has never been greater
. Meeting and exceeding our United Way goals in each area will help the organizations continue to serve those who need help the most.