Dundee starts United Fund campaign
DUNDEE-The Dundee Area United Fund drive begins this month. The group is sending out requests by mail and then planning for area residents to respond.
"Thirteen vital community organizations are sustained by these funds," said Joan Washburn, secretary of the non-profit group. She has been working for the last 20 years to foster the success of this unique organization that gives more than 97 percent of its collected funds directly to the local charitable and service organizations who need it. "Only the cost of stamps and envelopes is withheld," Washburn said.
Washburn began her work with the United Fund more than 20 years ago by going door-to-door, collecting what she could from neighbors. As need for the funds expanded, the group opted to do an annual mailing campaign and has met with success, usually meeting or exceeding its fund goals each year, said Washburn, who is passionate about this effort. "Part of the beauty of living in the Dundee community is its emphasis on being of service," she said. "The United Fund allows everyone to share in that spirit. By donating, multiple key organizations are supported, and without these funds, many of them would be greatly impacted or not survive."
Organizations make annual monetary requests that create the fund's goal. This year, the group hopes to raise $26,500 to be distributed in January 2018 as follows:
• Christmas for the Needy, $4,650.
• The Dundee Library, $3,500.
• The Dundee Historical Society, $3,000.
• Meals on Wheels, $3,100.
• The Children's Center, $2,500.
• The Food Pantry, $2,500.
• The American Red Cross, $2,750.
• Safe Harbors, $1,000.
• RSVP, $1,000.
• Our Town RoCKS, $1,000.
• The Girl Scouts, $500.
• The Boy Scouts, $500.
• Literacy Volunteers, $500.
The Dundee United Fund is not the same as the United Way, although those who give to the United Way can earmark their donation for Dundee's fund and it will be received.
The United Fund board meets quarterly to plan their budget and fund raising event. Members of the board include Lois Larmouth, Alan Giles, Cindy Povoski, Bill McIlvride, Furman Kendall, Suzanne Kendall, Reita Roberts, Randy Knapp, Carrie Wood, Melanie Webster, Rose Trank and Joan Washburn. Members typically serve for many years, Washburn said. "When they learn about the good work of these programs, they are proud to be a part of this effort."
To donate, send cash or checks made payable to The Dundee Area United Fund, PO Box 15, Dundee, NY 14837.