The United Way of Greater Niagara, based in Wheatfield, announced Monday that it topped $1 million in its 2018 fund drive, but that is only a bit more than 96 percent of its $1.07 million goal.
"We’re experiencing tougher economic times as a community and it’s become increasingly challenging for United Ways across the entire state to reach campaign goals,"said James Briggs, campaign co-chairman. "The bottom line is that enough money was raised to stabilize the agencies that depend on it for income."
Last month, the agency announced a merger with the United Way of the Tonawandas, so its 2019 drive, to begin in September, will cover all of Niagara County and the City of Tonawanda. Michael Sigurdson and Marcus Latham will be the co-chairmen.