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January 15, 2014

United Way making last minute appeal

JOHNSTOWN — In the short span of one week, the United Way of the Laurel Highlands hopes to raise approximately $100,000.

The organization’s annual fund drive is scheduled to conclude with a ceremony during the Johnstown Tomahawks hockey game at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena on Jan. 24. UWLH set a goal of collecting $1.1 million. It had brought in $991,000 as of Tuesday.

“The work of the United Way is always about improving the lives of those struggling and less fortunate,” said Bill McKinney, president of the local United Way chapter. “In the final days of our campaign, we ask everyone with the ability to support our campaign to donate today.”

Money raised will be directed toward the United Way’s partner agencies, including Boy Scouts of America’s Laurel Highlands Council, Coal Country Youth Center and Goodwill Industries of the Conemaugh Valley Inc.

UWLH plans to give financial assistance to organizations that support the community in five key areas: helping children and youth succeed, strengthening and supporting families, promoting self-sufficiency, supporting vulnerable and aging populations, and promoting health and wellness.

“The impact we make in the community is not measured by a financial goal, but is measured by the positive outcomes of the programs and services delivered by the United Way and our 27 partner agencies,” McKinney said. “Annually we touched the lives of over 35,000 individuals in Cambria and Somerset counties.”

UWLH raised $1,042,000 during last year’s campaign.

Dave Sutor is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at

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