Generosity is one of the great characteristics of Bartholomew County residents. Just ask the local United Way agency.

Donations by residents and businesses have set local fundraising records in each of the past three years. Giving has been so good that Bartholomew County is first among all 64 state United Way agencies in per-capita giving at $52.90.

The spirit of giving is alive and well for United Way’s current fundraising campaign. More than $3.9 million has been raised toward its $4.14 million goal — which would set another record.

Donations have come in various amounts from people of all ages.

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United Way received $76,000 from Columbus’ Toyota Industrial Equipment Mfg. Inc., a record total from its employees. Also, students ages 5 and younger from Human Services Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start programs collected and donated $265 in pennies.

Every cent helps the nonprofit agency fund a variety of worthy causes. United Way’s annual campaign supports 20 agencies that operate 32 programs — ranging from youth mentoring to senior health and fitness classes. The programs are a great benefit to the community — even a vital resource for some individuals and families that are struggling.

If you haven’t donated to the campaign, don’t fret. There’s still time. Donations are being accepted through the end of February.

Donations of all sizes are a good investment in the community.

How to give

Want to contribute to United Way of Bartholomew County’s fundraising campaign? There’s still time because it lasts through the end of February.

Here’s how: Go to uwbarthco.org and click give.

Information: 812-376-3001