Elizabehton/Carter Co. United Way regroups after campaign shortfall

United Way of Elizabethton/Carter County fell short of reaching its campaign goal.

ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) – For the past several years, Elizabethton/Carter County United Way has fallen short of its campaign goals.

Within the past 16 years, United Way has only met its goal one time in Carter County (Elizabethton) to the frustration of many of its partner agencies.

Elizabethton Senior Citizens Center leaders told News Channel 11, this years’ campaign shortfall will most likely cause them to raise membership dues.

Elizabethton Boys and Girls Club Executive Director Ginny Wright said they will not have to cut any services, because they have stopped depending on United Way funds.

“It is frustrating just because you could see all that you could be doing with increased funding,” said Wright.

Wright said she recently met with the new Elizabethton/Carter County United Way Community Impact Coordinator Josh McKinney and she is hopeful that things may get back on track.

McKinney told News Channel 11, right now 35% of Elizabethton/Carter County United Way’s funding comes from other United Ways in the region and McKinney said that will be the starting point for making changes.

“We want to get back into the community and we want to sure up and renew partnerships and trusts that we established over the last 30 years to create more support,” said McKinney.

This year Carter County United Way’s campaign goal was $160,000 and the organization raised $116,000.

McKinney said there’s a lot of work ahead to meet next year’s goal, but he is ready to take on the challenge and is optimistic about the future.

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