United Way seeks last-minute surge

HOUGHTON – The Copper Country United Way is looking for one last push to meet its $135,000 fundraising goal for this year.

The final day of the drive is Friday. To this point, the CCUW has raised $106,595. The 14 partner agencies had $88,031 allocated to them; the agency’s operating budget is $32,593. All told, the CCUW would need to raise $120,624 to continue the same programs as last year.

The money goes to 14 partner agencies: the Alzheimer’s Association, Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home for Abused Women, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Child and Family Services of the U.P., Dial Help, 4H of Houghton and Keweenaw counties, Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, Hiawathaland District Bay-Lakes Council Boy Scouts of America, Keweenaw Family Resource Center, Phoenix House, Salvation Army, Western U.P. Healthcare Coalition and U.P. Emergency Medical Services.

The American Red Cross, a recipient last year, withdrew its application this year.

The agencies serve more than 30,000 people in the area, whether victims of domestic violence, people with housing problems or youths who need adult mentors.

People can contribute through payroll deductions, business contributions on behalf of employees or through personal contributions. Checks can be mailed to CC United Way, PO Box 104, Houghton, MI 49931. Credit card contributions can be made by logging into the CCUW website at coppercountryunitedway.org.