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Longview United Way dips into reserves to fund agencies

By Angela Ward award@news-journal.com
June 9, 2011 at 11 p.m.

The Greater Longview United Way dipped into its reserve funds to make sure all partner agencies had the same funding allocations for 2011 as they'd had for 2010, executive director Donna Mahurin said Thursday.

The United Way board completed its funding allocations earlier this week.

Although the umbrella agency didn't meet its campaign goal this year, the board chose not to decrease funding to the 39 programs of its 21 partner agencies, she said. The programs will receive a combined $968,697 in funding.

"We didn't miss the goal by much, but we still missed it," Mahurin said. "However, we've been able to make up some of the difference through grants and other sources, so our overall impact on the community is, if anything, greater now than it has been in the past."

In addition to funding the partner agencies, the United Way also provides Infoline, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance and home repairs. Its legal aid program has moved from being funded directly to becoming a partner agency, she said.

"We realize the needs are great in our community and that these agencies depend on funding from the United Way to help their clients," Mahurin said. "We weren't able to increase any of the allotments but, in this economy, having flat funding rather than a decrease is a pretty positive thing."

The Greater Longview United Way will begin its 2011-12 fundraising campaign in July with the annual Pacesetters luncheon. Goals for either the Pacesetters or the overall fundraising campaign have not been set, she said.



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