The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley is seeking help in a last push to meet the region’s needs and its goal for this year’s campaign.

This year saw more requests for help and support from its 42 partner agencies than the year before. The group reported Friday it had received about $1.1 million in requests. At the beginning of the campaign, The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley set a goal to raise $1,086,000 during the 2018 campaign.

That campaign ends Dec. 31 and the organization has raised $845,364, or 78 percent, of that goal.

“While we are very pleased that we are coming close to our goal, it is vital that we reach this goal to meet the needs that our community nonprofits are facing,” said Elise Stine-Dolinar, director of marketing and outreach for the United Way. “When you make a gift to the United Way, you are not just supporting a nonprofit, you are supporting an entire community initiative.”

Several local businesses have increased their contributions including Pioneer Bank, based out of Page County, which launched its first ever employee giving campaign that raised more than $5,500. Green Bay Packing, a long-time United Way supporter, increased its contribution by 63 percent, raising an additional $1,400 from years past. Southeastern Container, another long-time partner, increased what it gave by 10 percent.

The United Way is asking businesses to offer their employees the opportunity to give through a workplace giving campaign, as well as consider making a corporate giving. Small businesses can join the new Small Business Circle by giving $1 a day for a year. Young adults can join the Society of Emerging Leaders by giving $250.

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The United Way of Northern Shenandoah Valley covers Clark, Frederick, Page, and Shenandoah counties as well as the City of Winchester.

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