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United Way campaign still working toward goal

The United Way of Marquette County has reached 74.2% of its $400,000 goal as of the beginning of January. The campaign is still accepting donations in hopes of meeting the goal. The largest fundraiser this year was round-up at the register at the Marquette Food Co-op, as seen above. (Photo courtesy of United Way of Marquette County)

By AMY GRIGAS

Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE — Now that the holidays have come and gone and area residents are settling back into their routines, some may be realizing that donating during the holiday slipped their minds with the hustle and bustle of the season.

However, it’s not too late to contribute to a campaign that impacts Marquette County, as the United Way of Marquette County’s campaign is still underway, organizers said.

“There is always time and we will never turn down a donation,” said Andrew Rickauer, executive director of the United Way of Marquette County. “In April, we see what we have raised and that determines what is available to give to the agencies/community needs. Because of that, it is best to have donations in before April.”

As of the beginning of this month, the campaign — which kicked off in September — has reached just over 74% of its $400,000 goal.

All of the funds raised through the campaign stay in the local area and directly impact Marquette County residents.

Last year, over 16,000 residents were impacted by the funds raised. This year, there are 25 partner agencies that will receive funds from the campaign.

“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.”

For more information on the Marquette County United Way’s 2019-20 funding campaign or its partner agencies, visit www.uwmqt.org. Organizers can also be contacted via email at unitedway@uwmqt.org or by phone at 906-226-8171.

Amy Grigas can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243. Her email address is agrigas@miningjournal.net.

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