"Right now we have received $98,497 in pledges but not monetary donations."
This is only 79.6 percent of our goal for this year's campaign - our goal is $123,710," said Executive Director Peggy Davis.
"We are basically $9,000 short," she added.
Davis said that the 2013 campaign began on Aug. 1 and will continue until July 31, 2014.
"What we pay to our member agencies depends on the donations that we receive. We will start allocating our first monies Jan. 31 – our United Way member agencies will get an allocation on this day. I will send out the regular quarterly amount that is due but if we don’t reach our goal then we may have to cut back on allocations," she continued.
The United Way is an organization devoted to improving community life through the promotion of education, financial stability and healthy living.
The money raised will go towards the United Way agencies, which include American Red Cross, Bolivar County Literacy Council, Boy Scouts Chickasaw Council, Community Counseling Center, 4-H of Bolivar County, Girl Scouts Heart of the South, Helping Hands Community Assistance, Our House Inc., Sunny Seniors, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and United Service Organizations.
"When you give to United Way, you are giving to an organization that helps people take care of the less fortunate in our community and that's what its all about," said Funds Distribution Chair Kevin Cox in a previous interview.
The next fundraising campaign is the tennis tournament in the spring but a date has not been set yet for the tournament.
"Hopefully our tennis tournament in the spring will help us to raise more funds.
There are still a lot of outstanding accounts that we have just not received yet," said Davis.
"We have always received money from these accounts and now is the time to pick up that checkbook and donate. This time last year we had about $107,000 in pledges," she added.
The dancing fundraising campaign, which was held in October, generated a substantial amount of funds.
Davis said that United Way is highly appreciative of the funds that they received from this campaign but it is just not enough to support its agencies.
"The theme for the campaign is "Let's Make the Difference", and according to Davis, the way to make a difference is by helping others," she said.
"I really hope that by the end of the campaign in July, our goal will be met. We have come up short for several years but we did make our goal this past year," continued Davis.
Contributions for the United Way of Clevelan –Bolivar County can be mailed to: Post Office box 95, Cleveland, MS 38732 or by calling Davis at 662-846-1646.
In addition those interested may go to the United Way website, www.unitedwayclevbc.org, and donate.