United Way of Greater Augusta still in need of community support

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) — United Way of Greater Augusta is still in need of community support to help "Bridge the Gap" after the non-profit saw a 30 percent decrease in donations this year.

Since launching their campaign back in January, the non-profit has only raised $15,000, just one third of their $50,000 goal.

Although they have seen an increase in donations, Jeff Miracle, president and CEO of Greater Augusta, said if they don't meet their goal by June 15, they will be forced to cut funding to the 24 non-profits they support in the community.

"That's a real impact on the community," Miracle said. "We don't want to do that. That's why we announced it ahead of time, that's why we're still trying to raise money up until the very end of the day that we give that money out to try and make sure we're able to provide those funds."

As they continue their campaign, Miracle said they hope to re-engage donors and create new relationships in the community.

To avoid this situation for next year, Miracle said they are changing tactics and will now be fundraising year round instead of only in the fall so they can connect with more potential donors.

"To try and get in the door to do the employee giving campaigns in places where we've never done them before," Miracle said. "To me, that will bridge the gap and that will build new bridges to be able to raise more money to help more non-profits and to affect more lives right here in Staunton, Waynesboro and Augusta County."