United Way kicks off their general campaign

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The United Way officially began their 2011-2012 annual fund raising campaign Thursday in Hattiesburg.

The organization hopes to raise about one point five million dollars between now and when the campaign wraps up on November eleventh.

Funds raised through this initiative help fund the United Way's twenty two local partner agencies. Those groups champion the causes of education, financial stability, health and support services.

Last month, the United Way's Pacesetters raised over four hundred forty four thousand dollars towards the overall campaign goal.

Pacesetters are select companies that start their fund raising efforts earlier than the general campaign kick-off. Dan Kibodeaux is the Director of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi.

According to Kibodeaux, "I think if you can paint a clearer picture of the need in our community and show that you are good stewards of meeting that need our people respond. We are tremendously generous in this area with not only our money but with our time, with our volunteer spirit, with our ability to pitch in and help our fellow human beings."

The theme of Thursday's campaign kick off was "Back to Basics," and featured a high school cafeteria motif at Hattiesburg's Southern Oaks House and Gardens.

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