"It's a message of confidence that the community has in us"

United Way of Miami County announced Thursday, December 31, 2015, it officially closed its campaign.

The organization's goal was to raise at least $195,000. The official total came to $202,662, which is 103.9% of goal.  “It's a message of confidence that the community has in us; they trust us to be good stewards of what they're giving.  It's exciting to see how far we have come and also to look ahead and see what we will be able to do because of the funds we raise," says Executive Director, Debi Wallick.

Thank you to every individual and company who gave to the United Way Campaign. The residents of our community realized that many friends and neighbors are struggling. Because of your generosity, hungry families will receive food, abused children and adults can find shelter. You gave so others could have a better life.  I am very proud to live in Miami County where people care about each other,” said Wallick.

“Making our campaign goal means that the eight United Way Partner Agencies, 19 programs and the five initiatives United Way supports will receive allocation funding this year.  The agencies will also be able to provide essential health and human services to the community. Although the economy has improved, there are still many families, children, and elderly who continue to struggle in our community.  By exceeding the goal, United Way supported programs and initiatives will be able to continue their services and make sure that people in our community receive the help they need,” Wallick continued.

"I'm always just blown away by how generous our community is," said Wallick. "They went above and beyond the call. They gave us more than we had expected two weeks ago.” The United Way provides leadership and oversight by addressing and prioritizing community needs, collectively distributing funds, and ensuring agency accountability. “The newly adopted mission statement is to provide direction and accountability to promote education, health, and financial independence for the good of all Miami County.”

Again, United Way of Miami County is grateful to every volunteer and donor who helped us surpass this year’s campaign goal. Thank you for making a difference. The United Way spends four months collecting money for the campaign. Next year's campaign will start around the middle of August.  For more information call United Way at 765-473-4240, drop in the office at 13 E. Main St. Peru between 8:00 – 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, or contact us through our website at www.uwmiamip.org.