United Way of Genesee County nears goal

FLINT — Flanked by volunteers from the Flint area, the CEO of the United Way of Genesee County announced the agency’s annual campaign is 80 percent to its goal.

With a target to raise $2.9 million the United Way is ratcheting up its efforts to increase donations by individuals and organizations before the agency’s annual celebration event on May 1.

“There still is plenty of time to support numerous programs that rely on the United Way to reach people in need throughout Genesee County,” said Jamie Gaskin, CEO of the Flint-based agency.

“Whether it is a one-time gift or payroll deduction through work, every donation is essential to fund programs that serve youth, the elderly, the unemployed and the abused.”

The United Way of Genesee County funds 36 programs, serving 34,000 people in all communities of Genesee County.

The campaign update was announced after a charity hockey game that pitted the United Way with a team of UAW members and General Motors employees. The press event at Perani Arena and Event Center in Flint also featured recognition of campaign coordinators, who are volunteers who help organizations run workplace campaigns to raise funds for the United Way.

“Without our campaign coordinators people in the community would not have access to important services,” Gaskin said. “Their dedication is the reason why we have been successful in the last couple of years to stabilize funding for programs in our communities.”

Results from the 2012 campaign are expected to be released at the United Way’s annual celebration, which is scheduled for May 1 at the Flint Institute of Arts. GM Vice President Mark Reuss, who also serves as president of GM’s North American operations, will be the keynote speaker at the event. — G.G.

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