Local United Way plans meeting

The annual meeting for the United Way of Bartholomew County will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. March 6 at The Commons, 300 Washington St. in downtown Columbus. That is a new site for the meeting.

The gathering caps the nonprofit’s annual fundraising drive supporting 21 agencies operating 33 programs in the county, ranging from mentoring youth to helping victims of domestic violence to assisting the jobless in finding work. Results of the 2017 United Way campaign will be announced during the annual meeting.

The 2016 drive totaled $4.1 million, lower than the previous year’s mark of $4.24 million. But United Way’s overall revenue for 2016 was up over 2015 because of program grant money that came in separately from the fund drive, leaders said.

This year’s annual meeting’s theme is “You Can Change Our Story.”

Charitynavigator.org, a national measurement for nonprofits’ trustworthiness and effectiveness, has given United Way a score of 97 out of a possible 100 points, and its highest four-star rating.

To attend, please RSVP with Whittney Loyd by calling 812-375-2202 or sending an email to wloyd@uwbarthco.org

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Brian Blair is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at bblair@therepublic.com or 812-379-5672.