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United Way down $200,000 from goal of $3.1 million

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - Cedar Valley Friends of the Family relies heavily on the United Way for funding.

"In our case, when you talk about domestic violence and sexual assault victims, we've helped over 80 households find their way to safety in the last year," says director Ben Brustkern. "We wouldn't be able to do that number in Black Hawk County alone without funding from the United Way."

And the organization isn't alone.

Cedar Valley United Way president Sheila Baird says her organization hopes to raise $3.1 million for all its programs, but there's still $200,000 that needs to be raised by the end of January.

"It's been a difficult year this year," Baird said. "The local economy is strong, but there's still some week spots. Of course, like any other business, we're dependent on a strong economy."

Jan. 31 will end the budget year, and Baird hopes to get closer to her goal, but she is grateful for everything they've accomplished.

She knows how many people have been helped so far, but the money will help more.

It's not just those on the receiving end who benefit.

"There was once a lady who wrote us a very long letter saying that without our service, her and her three girls would have never been able to leave the abusive relationship they were in and find peace," says Brustkern. "We read that when we need a little giddy-up to help move us along."

Donations can be made to the Cedar Valley United Way, 425 Cedar St, Suite 300, Waterloo, IA, 50703.

You can also give online at www.cedarvalleyunitedway.org.
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