Sep. 30—Approximately a month after kicking off its 2021 fundraising campaign and announcing a goal of $2,301,373, the United Way of Aiken County received updates Thursday about the progress that has been made so far.
The effort's various division leaders spoke during the organization's Campaign Report Luncheon about how much money they already had collected and their plans for conducting charitable events to generate even more financial contributions.
They included Paul Cundey of Savannah River Remediation. He said the liquid waste contractor at the Savannah River Site had raised $253,247, a figure that was very close to its $260,000 objective.
Jeff Wallace reported that the Individual Gifts Division had collected $56,233, which represented 41.5% of its $135,373 goal.
Holli Brown said Batelle Savannah River Alliance, which manages the Savannah River National Laboratory, had raised 84% of the money it needed to reach its $200,000 goal.
"We are well on our way to reaching our $800,000 goal," Rachael Simon of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions reported.
She said the Site Services Golf Tournament had brought in more than $35,000.
Aiken County Administrator Clay Killian reported that county employees would be holding a variety of fundraising events in October, including a Halloween costume contest and a chili cook-off.
"As we continue to deal with the challenges of COVID-19, it's been difficult this year," said United Way President Sharon Rogers following the luncheon. "But having this group together today has reinvigorated our passion. It's given us the push forward that we need to bring this thing in over our goal."
The United Way helps support 30 partner agencies and 45 critical need programs.
"We ask the community to continue giving generously," Rodgers said. "If you haven't already given, please consider making a donation to the United Way. We certainly would appreciate it."
The Campaign Report Luncheon was held in the Community Room at Aiken Electric Cooperative's headquarters on Wagener Road.
For more information about the United Way of Aiken County, call 803-648-8331 or visit uwaiken.org.