United Way sets $5.9 million goal despite needing more

More than 1,000 people clapped and cheered as this year's fundraising goal for the United Way of Amarillo & Canyon was announced at the organization's kickoff luncheon Wednesday.

$5.9 million dollars was announced as the goal for volunteers to reach, but another number was announced as well. Campaign co-chairmen announced $7 million dollars as the amount United Way needs to serve the 23 agencies and 41 programs it supports in the Amarillo and Canyon area.

"The goal is and will always be to eliminate the needs that we have in the community," Campaign Co-Chairman Riley Hill said.

Last year's goal of $6 million fell short by more than $325,000, leading to this year's need for more contributions to help reach the community in a big way.

"It's far-reaching, it's everything from The Bridge, the Boy Scouts, the Jan Werner Senior Citizens Center and on and on. It is amazing when people learn about the United Way, how far reaching it is," Hill said.

The fundraising campaign total will be announced in November at the organization's Victory Luncheon.