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Dear Editor,

It’s that time of year again - United Way of the Black Hills’ annual campaign, which raises money for a number of non-profit organizations across the Black Hills. This year’s campaign ends Dec. 31 and we still need help in reaching our goal.

United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. United Way of the Black Hills is split into four regions and collectively supports 55 local non-profit agencies. In the Southern Black Hills, there are 24 organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Hot Springs, Prairie Hills Transit, Addiction Recovery Centers of the Black Hills, Feeding South Dakota and Habitat for Humanity, just to name a few.

United Way operates throughout the year on 15 percent of every dollar raised, meaning that 85 cents of every dollar raised is given to local non-profit organizations. A portion of your single donation is given to the agencies that serve your community, which allows you to help people in many different ways. And by coordinating fundraising efforts, each agency saves valuable time and money. Of course, you can designate that your donation be given to a specific organization of your choosing.

Last year, United Way of the Black Hills hit goal, raising $2.3 million as a whole. This year, the Southern Black Hills aims to raise $87,000. To date, we are only 47 percent of the way there.

Please consider helping the Southern Black Hills by donating to United Way. Working together is what United Way of the Black Hills is all about.

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Carrie Moore

United Way of the Black Hills - Southern Hills board member

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