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Cedar Valley United Way Tops $3 Million In Giving

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WATERLOO (KWWL) – Cedar Valley United Way topped $3 million in giving for the first time, raising $3,035,315.18 during the 2009 campaign. The announcement was made during the Breakfast of Champions at the John Deere Supervisors' Club Thursday morning.

"We saw a lot of new growth in the campaign," said David Rodger, global director, large tractor product line at John Deere Waterloo Operations and 2009 campaign co-chair. "There were 50 companies who gave new corporate gifts in 2009, 45 companies who held a new employee campaign and 161 new individual gifts were received from people not affiliated with a company or organization . On top of that, 58 companies, schools and other organizations had special, internal fundraisers for United Way this year. That is over $133,000 of new money for the United Way campaign."

"It exciting that at a time when many in our community are struggling, our community has stepped up to help meet the increasing need in the Cedar Valley," said Jim Mudd, Sr., chief spiritual officer of The Mudd Group and 2009 campaign co-chair. "Soon the money raised will be working to strengthen individuals, children and families here in our community."

The annual campaign kicked off in August and continued through January. Now the work begins for the volunteers who take part in Community Impact Teams that review grant applications to make recommendations on how the money can most effectively be distributed. For the 2010-11 funding cycle, 108 local programs that aim to support the education, income and health of the Cedar Valley have requested $3,768,534 in funding – a record amount. Economic grants totaling $246,000 have already been dispersed in the community to meet the increased demand for human services in these uncertain times. Recipients of the yearly funding grants will be announced in May. Programs that received funding in the past have included after-school and child care programs, disaster services, elderly transportation, community meals and help for victims of domestic violence. Cedar Valley United Way also funds 2-1-1 Information and Referral services.

For more information about Cedar Valley United Way or to learn how you can contribute, CLICK HERE.

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