United Way on track

United Way has raised roughly 20 percent of their goal for this year’s campaign.

One month into the big campaign push, United Way of Stephens County is progressing well.

Executive Director Elizabeth Pitts, said about 20 percent of this year’s goal of $400,000 has been donated.

“I am feeling good about the contributions made so far,” Pitts said. “The presentations made by the loaned executives are done and we are just waiting on the checks.”

The donations received are mostly from individuals, as most of the business donations will be arriving throughout the rest of the month. The local chapter is enlisting the help of loaned executives to aid in talking to area businesses  about how they could be helping United Way which in turn assists several area agencies.

 For Jason Smith, president of Oklahoma Technology Solutions, he has had no trouble explaining the United Way’s cause.

“A lot of them knew about United Way and are ready to give support,” Smith said.

“The staff of the local chapter has been good about getting the message out to everyone.”

Smith is one of 12 loaned executives that are speaking to more than 40 businesses in Stephens County.

Smith became involved as a loaned executive after being asked by Pitts after volunteering in last year’s Day of Caring. The message of the United Way is a lot more personal for Smith since he became a loaned executive.

“Being a loaned executive is time consuming but the hard work is being done by people that we are raising money for,” Smith said.

“I know people personally that have benefited from agencies that the United Way works with.”

 — Joshua Kellogg is a reporter for The Duncan Banner. She can be reached at 580-255-5354, Ext. 142 or by e-mail at: joshua.kellogg@duncanbanner.com.

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