Despite economy, Kane United Fund tops goal

Even though the local economy is sluggish, Kane area residents have stepped to the plate to help the needs of the community through the United Fund campaign.The United Fund drive-- which benefits 18 community-service organizations-- has ended by topping its goal of $35,000.The total of $36,087.50 is 103 percent of the target, according to Jennifer Macey, president of the volunteer United Fund Board."Our population has decreased and we still made our goal," Macey said Wednesday in praising the generosity of the Kane area residents and employers. "Our people have come forward with their dollars because they realize the service provided by our agencies improves our quality of life in Kane."The United Fund serves the following agencies and organizations:*Boy Scouts.*Girl Scouts.*The 4-H program.*The Kane Area Recreation and Cultural Commission (KARCC).*The Kane Area Little League baseball.*The American Red Cross.*The Kane Senior Center.*McKean County CARE for Children.*The McKean County Futures program.*The Victim’s Resource Center.*The Guidance Center.*The Visiting Nurses Association.*Kane Home Health.*Friends’ Memorial Public Library.*The Kane Family Center.*The Kane Area Community Center.*The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).*The Kane Area Soccer Association.Macey, who is the division controller at Kane Hardwood, said Kane has "a lot of contributors" to the United Fund even though "it's a small community."She said most of those who donate to the United Fund are either personally involved with one or more of the agencies or have a family member who is involved.Macey, who has headed the United Fund for nearly four years, saluted the volunteer board members for their tireless work on the fund-raising campaign.See full article by purchasing the March 22 edition of The Kane Republican.