United Way focuses on local people, projects

There’s an agency in Marquette County that supports local entities, and residents — typically thousands of them — and does it all with donations.

That agency, the United Way of Marquette County, is now in the process of raising money, according to Andrew Rickauer, executive director. The current campaign launched in September, he said. As of this month, funds received reached just over 74% of its $400,000 goal.

“In April, we see what we have raised and that determines what is available to give to the agencies/community needs,” he said for a recent Mining Journal story on the issue. “Because of that, it is best to have donations in before April.”

The key thing here, we believe, is 100 percent of the money raised by the United Way stays in Marquette County. Last year, over 16,000 Marquette County residents were impacted by the funds raised. This year, there are 25 partner agencies that will receive money from the campaign, the Journal story stated.

“Several businesses held small fundraisers for the campaign and those are always fun,” Rickauer said. “The largest this year was round-up at the register at the Marquette Food Co-op, but the smaller fundraisers are just as fun and appreciated. Additionally, there are some fundraisers planned for the next several months. The more we can raise, the stronger the community is.”

We believe this is an outstanding organization doing good work in our community. If readers would like to consider a donation or just want more information, visit www.uwmqt.org. Organizers can also be contacted via email at unitedway@uwmqt.org or by phone at 906-226-8171.