Kane Area United Fund reaches 70% of its goal

The generosity of the Kane area community is shining bright in this Christmas season despite gloomy economic conditions.With just four weeks remaining in the annual Kane Area United Fund campaign, area residents and businesses have made donations that total 70 percent of the goal of $35,000.Donations collected during the annual United Fund drive go to 18 community-service organizations.Without the United Fund assistance, some of these organizations would need to eliminate or reduce the services they provide.“Our fund drive is pretty much on schedule,” United Fund Board President Jennifer Macey said in discussing the status of the campaign. “Some of our big donors are still coming in. We feel we’re doing pretty good, thanks to the great community support.”Macey, one of the volunteer board members, pointed out that “every dollar” raised in the Kane Area United Fund campaign “goes right back into the community.”Macey said the board kept the goal at $35,000 again this year “due to economics.” But she pointed out that the agencies served by the United Fund have rising expenses. If the goal is exceeded, she said the United Fund would have more money to allocate to the agencies it serves.A huge “thermometer” outside the entrance of the Kane Post Office on Fraley Street tracks the progress of the United Fund drive.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.*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.“These agencies affect the lives of the people living in our community,” Macey said.Contributions to the United Fund can be mailed to 54 Fraley St., Kane. Donations also can be dropped off at the same address, which is the office for the Kane Area Development Center and the Kane Chamber of Commerce.Macey heads a volunteer Board of Directors that oversees the United Fund campaign. Other officers include Joanne Perry, vice president; Karen Carty, secretary; and Stacy Lindquist, treasurer.Other returning board members include Kathy Gibson and Jayne Peterson.See full article by purchasing the Dec. 5 edition of The Kane Republican.