NEW PHILADELPHIA The United Way of Tuscarawas County is on track to reach this years campaign goal. As of Dec. 31, 2011, $562,262 in cash and pledges has been received. That is approximately 98 percent of the $575,000 campaign goal set last August.

The United Way of Tuscarawas County is very optimistic that we will reach our goal by the end of January, said Campaign Chair Allan Sayre.

According to Sayre, many local businesses and individuals came through for the United Way again this year and we want to thank them all for their generosity whether the gift was for $5 or $5,000 each donation is appreciated and truly makes a difference.

Our Campaign volunteers led by Allan Sayre and Bob Smith worked very hard this year, with most divisions exceeding their goals by the end of December, said United Way President Alison Kerns.

Kerns goes on to say that without the help of numerous volunteers, the United Way could not hope to raise the funds needed to support our seventeen health and human service programs.

The Service Division chaired by Rick Andrews of Troyer and Associates and Joel McKinnon of McKinnon Insurance has achieved more than 155 percent of its goal.

Other divisions exceeding the 100 percent level include the Special Gifts Division at 141 percent headed by community volunteer Agnes Swigart and the Financial Division at 102 percent lead by John Beitzel, community volunteer, Sally ODonnell from First Federal Community Bank, Doug Sopher of Sopher Insurance, and Elaine Tedrow from Commercial & Savings Bank.

The Healthcare Division under the leadership of Bruce James from Union Hospital has reached 94 percent of goal and the Educational Division headed by Rob Maurer of the Dover-Phila Federal Credit Union is at 91 percent.

Those individuals interested in serving as a volunteer during next years United Way campaign should contact Fred Weingarth at the United Way office 330-343-7772.

The United Way of Tuscarawas County will be recognizing outstanding volunteers and contributors at their annual awards luncheon scheduled for Feb. 16. A final campaign report will be given at the luncheon.

United Way of Tuscarawas County targets the communitys most pressing health and human service issues and focuses resources, agency partnerships, and the energy of numerous volunteers to create measurable results that impact the lives of those in need.

United Way of Tuscarawas County community partners include: American Red Cross Muskingum Lakes Chapter, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio, First Call for Help - 211, Harbor House, Personal and Family Counseling Services of Tuscarawas Valley, Salvation Army, Society for Equal Access I.L.C., Tuscarawas Clinic for the Working Uninsured, Tuscarawas County Council for Church & Community, Tuscarawas County YMCA. Affiliated agencies also include: Arthritis Foundation, Girl Scouts of North East Ohio, Goodwill Industries, Kidney Foundation, Preparation for Adult Living (PAL Mission), Retired Senior Volunteer Program and several other organizations receiving United Way direct service vouchers.

To donate, volunteer, or for more information, call the United Way of Tuscarawas County at 330-343-7772 or visit www.tuscunitedway.org.