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WNY agencies plan 24-hour fund-raiser

With the help of the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, 200 local non-profit organizations will greet the arrival of spring Thursday and Friday with a 24-hour online fundraiser that also will spotlight their contributions to the community.

The Spring It On campaign, launched in 2013, includes agencies in Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Chautauqua and Orleans counties. It begins at 8 a.m. Thursday and continues until 8 a.m. Friday.

Donations can be made to a non-profit of the donor’s choice through a special website,, where there will be links to the various organizations. The program raised more than $125,000 last year for nearly 190 agencies.