United Fund sets $12,500 goal for 2012

The Princeton United Fund board has set a $12,500 goal for donations during this year’s October donation drive.

That is down from the $15,000 goal last year, but the board members are optimistic about raising more than the $12,500 set this year, said board president Luther Dorr. He talked about the enthusiasm the board members showed when they met Monday evening this week.

Princeton United Fund should not be confused with United Way, Dorr said, emphasizing that Princeton United Fund concentrates on Princeton and the surrounding area.

Last year Princeton United Fund received $8,000 in donations and after expenses was able to distribute about $6,300 to various groups.

“We’re hoping to go way beyond that,” Dorr said of the amount to distribute from this year’s upcoming drive which goes for the month of October. People can still donate after that as the money can go into an account for use in another year.

The groups requesting help through Princeton United Fund this year are:

• Foster Grandparents

• Mille Lacs Developmental Achievement Center

• Princeton Dining Center bus

• Princeton Dining Center activities

• Princeton Pantry

• Salvation Army

• Elim Care & Rehab

• Rum River Life Choices

• Special Olympics

• Kinship Youth Mentoring

• Princeton Friends of the Library

• Pearl Crisis Center.

Another recipient from the fund drive is the Needy Child Fund, in which the school district will request help for a needy student or for a needy family of that student. Some examples have been a blanket, winter clothing, a kit for getting rid of head lice, and in one case, a blender for pureeing food for a student who could only eat pureed food.

Tax deductible donations can be sent by check to Princeton United Fund, PO Box 304, Princeton, MN 55371. A donor can also specify the group that their donation is to go to.

Businesses who donated to the fund last year are receiving letters seeking support this year. But there won’t be letters sent to households as that practice was stopped last year.

Reminders of the fund drive are planned in a front page ad in the Town & Country in the first week of October, as well as on the Bremer Bank electronic sign, and through broadcast on WQPM Radio.

Princeton United Fund board members looking for a sign of energy to kick off this year’s fund drive might have found some of that in the $400 donation that arrived Monday from local American Legion Woodcock Herbst Post 216.

Donation receptacles, found in nine places around town, will offer another chance to contribute to the fund drive.