Less than a month after the Bristol community was issued a challenge to help United Way of Bristol reach their 2012 fundraising goal of $1.4 million, the goal has been met!  To date the organization has raised $1,403,837.61.

On Friday, December 14, community members gathered as Jim Maxwell, United Way of Bristol 2012 campaign chairman, announced that just over $18,000 was needed to reach the $1.4 million goal—the largest goal in United Way of Bristol’s history. He issued a challenge to the community, and the community answered.

“This isn’t really about a goal, it’s about people—our neighbors who need help,” Maxwell said. “The list of people needing help is growing daily. The money raised in this year’s campaign will help many, but there will be many more needing help as we move ahead. I would like to thank all who made this possible. Bristol is more than a good place to live; it is a community that cares.”

“Words cannot express how appreciative we are to our community for their support this year,” said Lisa Cofer, executive director of United Way of Bristol. “We see people on a daily basis who are just trying to survive. They are working really hard to put food on the table and keep a roof over the heads of their families. By reaching our goal we will be able to continue providing support to our agencies for the many programs that help thousands of people in our community. Thank you so much!”

United Way of Bristol supports 27 local non-profit organizations. The money raised from the annual campaign stays in the Bristol community to help those agencies meet a variety of needs for individuals and families. Although the fundraising goal has been met, the needs always outweigh the amount raised. Contributions may still be made to United Way of Bristol online at unitedwaybristol.org or by mailing a check to P.O. Box 696, Bristol, TN 37621.

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