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MCUF continues raising money for annual campaign

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Montgomery County United Fund continues raising money for the annual campaign, as the search goes on for a new director.

Local schools, companies and individuals help bring in money for a group of local nonprofits and other causes selected by the partnering agencies. 

More than $37,000 has been raised so far this year, United Fund board president Heather Shirk said Friday before a campaign luncheon at Wabash College. Some of the agency’s most active donors are expected to begin their fundraising campaigns soon.

Agencies that will receive funds include the Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery County, Crawfordsville Adult Resource Academy, Community Chest, Family Crisis Shelter, Fuzzy Bear Preschool, New Beginnings Child Care, Pam’s Promise, Sunshine Vans, Trinity Life Ministry, Volunteers for Mental Health, Willson Preschool, Youth Camps and the Montgomery County Youth Service Bureau.

North Montgomery Community School Corp. currently leads the pack among corporate donors with $12,902.

South Montgomery schools, Whitesville Mill and YSB also top the pacesetter list.

Wabash College students will do their part this weekend. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, students will go door-to-door in Crawfordsville for the annual residential drive.

Interested residents are asked to turn on their porch lights. The drive has raised more than $150,000 since it began in 1970.

Campaign donations are accepted through the end of the year. For more information, visit www.montgomeryunitedfund.org or call 765-362-5484.

As donations come in, the United Fund is still looking for its next leader. Office manager Heather Hernandez has overseen daily operations since executive director Terry Armstrong departed earlier this year.

The board has sought guidance from Indiana United Way on the process of finding a director. A road map is expected to be in place by the end of the winter, Shirk said.

Board members have taken on extra duties as the search continues.

“I’ve just really been thankful that they’ve stepped in and played the role,” Shirk said. 

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