VERO BEACH — United Way of Indian River County announced today that it needs $250,000 to make its $2,325,000 fundraising goal and that it will be gearing up its efforts in the next four weeks to make up that shortfall. “Simply put, too many organizations rely on United Way, and with the increased needs in the community – it is more important than ever that we remain strong,” urged CEO Michael Kint. To date, United Way has $2 million pledged representing 90% of its overall goal, but early reports show slight declines in both workplace and individual contributions.
The announcement was made by 2009/2010 Campaign Co-chairs, Chris Bieber, Andy Beindorf, Daniel Fourmont, Karl Steene and members of the Campaign Cabinet. “As a banker and volunteer fundraiser, I’ve always been fascinated with numbers. It never ceases to amaze me how much just a few dozen people can accomplish when they work together for a common goal — simply by pitching in. The response from the barrier island has been wonderful this year . I am hoping that just a few more contributions will put us over the top. If we reach our goal, the United Way will not have to cut back on budgeted support to local social service agencies,” said Karl M. Steene, barrier Island resident and United Way Campaign co-chair.
“There is no doubt that requests for basic needs are on the rise,” stated Kint. Indian River County agencies that provide basic services (food, shelter, assistance with utilities and rental/mortgage payments) report that requests for services are up over 50% this time last year. Many have closed their waiting lists. Over a third of all calls coming into 2-1-1 are for financial assistance.