United Way of Western Nebraska kicks off 2018-2019 campaign

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - United Way of Western Nebraska kicked off their 2018-2019 campaign with a new theme, “Teaming up for a Better Tomorrow.”

This year, United Way of Western Nebraska hopes to raise $335,000 which is $40,000 less than the overall goal last year. According to Executive Director of United Way of Western Nebraska, Steph Black, the reason for lowering the goal this year is because of the local economy.

"We set out goal a little lower than last year's goal because the Pacesetters are an important part of that, and we actually had two pace setter businesses that closed this year and we won't have them and their employees helping us,” Black said. “Also, looking at the Ag economy it's not really strong, but our community has tougher times.”

Twenty-three Pacesetter businesses are participating this year on the campaign, and United Way announced they will help fund fifteen agencies. Those agencies receiving funding include: 23 Club Baseball/Softball, Boy Scouts of America, Long Peaks Council, Buckboard Therapeutic Riding Academy, CAPstone, Carpenter Center, CASA of Scotts Bluff County, Cirrus House Inc.-Transitional Age Program, DOVES, Family Stabilization (CAPWN), Guadalupe Center, Plains West CASA, Scotts Bluff County Volunteer Center, Summer Program for Handicapped Children (Camp Scott), TeamMates of Scotts Bluff County, Western Nebraska Child Development Center (CAPWN).

This year, there are a few changes to the campaign with major fundraising events.

"We actually got rid of the golf tournament this year,” Black said. “We usually do three fundraisers and focused on Color Dash and Duck Dash and we are also focusing on some new events but we are not ready to announce those yet.”

Last year, the goal of the campaign was to reach $375,000, but fell $24,000 short of their overall goal.