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State Road 200 helps United Way

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Corridor plays big part in reaching 50 percent of goal

United Way of Marion County is pleased to announce that the community has currently reached 50 percent of the 2015 campaign goal. Recently, United Way invited some retirement communities located on State Road 200 to be a part of the community campaign, not an area of outreach in past years..

“The residents on the State Road 200 corridor are in integral part of Marion County,” says Brad Rogers, volunteer campaign chair and editorial page editor for the Ocala Star-Banner. “We need residents to be a part of the solution because we know that they are a huge part of our community.”

Residents from Oak Run, Spruce Creek Preserve and surrounding communities were recently invited to a series of breakfast gatherings to discuss how the State Road 200 community can be a part of United Way. Pat Gabriel, president of the State Road 200 Coalition and Dean Blinkhorn, editor and publisher of Ocala’s Good Life magazine joined Rogers to help the United Way be more inclusive of this community.

“We are so appreciative of those who attended the meetings or who have already pledged or donated to United Way,” says Gabriel. “They are a big reason we are already at 50 percent. Now we are looking to jump right to the top as the rest of community joins us in reaching the goal of $2.2 million.”

Approximately 78 percent of the dollars raised for the local United Way come from workplaces that invite employees to give to the local charity through payroll deduction or one-time gifts. Many of those workplaces are still wrapping up their campaigns and have not reported their results.

Many retirees currently volunteer for United Way and gave to United Way at one time or another in previous places of employment. Educating local retirees about projects that the local United Way is involved in will help connect them to opportunities to get involved. United Way of Marion County is currently funding 23 programs through 18 local agencies. Ninety-nine percent of the money raised stays in Marion County to be used to help Marion County residents.

United Way still needs your help and it’s not too late to get involved! For more information or to make a donation, call United Way at 352-732-9696 or visit www.uwmc.org.