United Way is making an urgent appeal for help reaching its 2009 goal.
Darcy Mykytyshyn, campaign chairman for the Central Alberta United Way, said on Wednesday that organizers are projecting a shortfall of $250,000 from their goal of $2.103 million.
Goals are linked to the value of applications that the United Way receives from the 33 organizations it supports, said Mykytyshyn.
Every year, those applications exceed the amount of money available to fulfil all of their wishes, he said.
United Way tries to raise enough money to fill those gaps, based on its projections for the coming year, he said.
Last year’s campaign reached its goal of $2 million on Jan. 22.
Mykytyshyn said he and his committee are now appealing to people to pull out the stops, stating that no donation is too small or too big.
Tax deductions for the 2009 year are available for all funds received up to the end of business today.
Donors giving $200 or more are eligible for a combined provincial/federal tax credit of 50 per cent, said Mykytyshyn.
Organizations the United Way supports break down into four areas: nurturing children and youth, encouraging self-reliance, strengthening family and seniors and building safe neighbourhoods.
Donors can visit www.caunitedway.ca to make their gifts online, visit the office at 4811 48th St. in Red Deer or call 403-343-3900.