United Way to focus new campaign on education, income and health

United Way of Whatcom County officially began its 2012 fundraising campaign with a Sept. 6 luncheon that drew more than 200 attendees and presenters.

Directors from the organization said they plan to focus on education, income and health in the coming year.

The group has had a series of record-breaking years with its fundraising efforts. During a 2011 fall workplace-giving campaign, it raised more than $2 million to support local nonprofits.

United Way directors have set their 2012 fundraising goal at $2.2 million, which they plan to invest in various nonprofit groups to improve graduation rates, increase access to learning opportunities, increase financial stability, increase independence for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities and reduce child abuse and domestic violence.

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