United Way reaches 70 percent of goal

The 33 partner agencies, said Bernardi, consist of Adirondack Community Action Program Inc., Adirondack Experience Inc., Alzheimer's Assistance Center, AuSable Valley Habitat for Humanity, Behavioral Health Services North Inc., Boy Scouts, Twin Rivers Council, Champlain Children's Learning Center, Inc., Champlain Valley Family Center, Child Care Coordinating Council of the North Country Inc., ComLinks, Community Action Partnership, Compassionate Friends, CVES Career Pathways Stipend Program, ETC Housing, Families First in Essex County, Family Promise of Clinton County, Girls Scouts of Northeastern New York, Hospice of the North Country Inc., Joint Council For Economic Opportunity Inc., Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County , Literacy Volunteers of Essex/Franklin Counties, Mental Health Association in Essex County Inc., National Alliance for Mentally Ill of Champlain Valley, North Country Association for the Visually Impaired, North Country Center for Independence Ltd., North Country Life Flight Inc., North Country Regional Traumatic Brain Injury Center, Plattsburgh YMCA, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Clinton County, Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Essex County, Senior Citizens Council of Clinton County Inc., Ted K. Community Center/Plattsburgh Housing Authority, The Substance Abuse Prevention Team of Essex County Inc., and the Thomas Shipman Sr. Memorial Youth Center.

The number of organizations United Way helps is important to the North Country, said Alexander, adding it's during this time of year people should take time to remember that.

"At this special time of year we are reminded of a little child who came into this world for one purpose and that was to give of himself," Alexander continued. "I ask you to consider all the blessings in your life and consider a small donation to the United Way this holiday season."

Those wishing to donate may make donations directly at the local United Way chapter, located at 45 Tom Miller Road, or through a payroll deduction, which may be arranged through one's employer.

For more information about how to contribute to the 2008-09 United Way fundraising campaign call 563-0028 or visit www.unitedwayce.org.

*Contributions as of 12/18/08

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