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United Way of Central Alabama has exceeded the amount it raised last year, putting it in elite company.

Campaign Chairman C. Alan Martin said of the top 36 United Ways in the nation, those raising $25 million or more, only three have been able to do what they did last year.

Martin, executive vice president of Alabama Power Company, said the more than $31.6 million goal has been exceeded by raising more than $31.7 million since the fund drive began Sept. 4.

That represents a 2.3-percent increase from last year.

Martin praised his team of volunteers, including the Alexis de Tocqueville Division, a group that solicits contributions of $10,000.

The funds are needed to offset cutbacks in federal and state financial support for health and human service agencies.

United Way of Central Alabama raises money for 80 such groups in Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount and St. Clair counties.

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Facts About the United Way

  • Their agenda is: "United Way is the leader and catalyst for change in the business of caring. We look for approaches that have not been taken. We explore alternatives and seek new ways to solve community problems."

  • The United Way believes in teamwork, and they bring donors and volunteers together with community leaders and agencies to address the most pressing problems in the community.

  • As a performance-based philanthropy, United Way is focused on achieving measurable results.

  • The United Way system includes approximately 1,900 community-based United Way organizations. Each is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers.

  • United Way volunteers raised $3.77 billion dollars in the 1999-2000 campaign, which was used for human services ranging from disaster relief, emergency food and shelter and crisis intervention to day care, physical rehabilitation and youth development.

  • The United Way of America (UWA) provides a range of assistance to United Ways that includes the following:

    • A national advertising and promotion program.
    • A partnership with the National Football League.
    • Training for United Way professionals and volunteers.
    • Support to national companies that want to cultivate a year-round relationship with United Ways.
    • A national database for several types of information, including fund-raising and fund-distribution statistics as well as measuring and demonstrating impact in all activities undertaken.
    • A national network allowing United Ways to share best practices and other information.
    • A unified voice in national government relations.

    To find your local United Way, visit out source: Source: http://national.unitedway.org (The United Way Web site)