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Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis sets $1.79 million campaign goal


EAST ALTON — The Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis recently announced its 2016 campaign goal of $1,794,313. The annual fundraising campaign began with a “Bring Home the Gold” kickoff event on Sept. 1, and will end in early November.

The Southwest Illinois Division of United Way of Greater St. Louis serves Madison, Macoupin, Jersey, Greene and Calhoun counties, and helped more than 180,000 people last year. Thirty-eight health and human service organizations are supported by the Southwest Illinois Division’s annual fundraising campaign.

“Every year we are witness to how generous our community is to come together and make a tremendous impact on the lives of our neighbors and people throughout Illinois,” said Jay Korte, 2016 Southwest Illinois Division campaign chair and director of client relations of The Korte Company. “The support of this community is critical to helping shape our region, which is why we are asking for your support again this fall.”

United Way of Greater St. Louis has announced its overall 2016 campaign goal is $75 million.

“We recognize the work that must be done, both short- and long-term, in order to help people move past the barriers preventing them from educational attainment, good health and economic stability,” said Orvin Kimbrough, president and CEO of United Way of Greater St. Louis. “Because of the generosity of thousands who support United Way, we can continue to help one in three people live their best possible lives and create a stronger, more thriving St. Louis region or all.”

With generous support through individual and corporate donations, United Way is able to invest more than $1 million each week in the community to create a solid foundation for a good quality of life through basic needs, education, financial stability, health and strong communities. Last year, about 150,000 people and 2,400 businesses donated to United Way to collectively raise $74.3 million.

For more information or to pledge a donation, contact United Way’s Southwest Illinois Division at (618) 258-9800 or visit

— From the Illinois Business Journal

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