This year's United Way campaign has already received pledges totaling $14,129,730, according to a recent mid-campaign announcement by General Campaign Chairman Samuel E. Bonsack.
There are 149 social service agencies in the metropolitan area that receive funds from the United Way. The agencies includes 107 of the United Way of the National Capital Area and 42 of the United Black Fund, a partner in the fund-raising campaign. This year's campaign ends Dec. 9.
At a mid-campaign report luncheon held recently at the Sheraton Park Hotel, it also was announced that Chesspeake and Potomac Telephone Company employes and the Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, have pledged more than $1,049,000. The area's largest private employer, the telephone company is the first business in local United Way history to exceed $1 million in employee contributions. The United Way reports that only 22 other employee campaigns in the United States have ever exceeded $1 million in United Way contributions.
"Healthy increases" were reported in all seven regions of the United Way of the National Capital Area. Results reported as of Nov. 15: Alexandria, $175,876; Arlington, $66,651; District of Columbia, $512,780; Fairfax-Falls Church, $139,865; Montgomery, $127,458; Prince George's, $151,802, and Prince William, $24,911.
It also was reported that $2,889,022 had been solicited so far by the Major Employee Groups division, which has responsibility for the employee campaigns of the top 500 companies in the Washington area. Another $128,560 in pledges have been solicited by the Major Corporate Gifts division.
It was reported that the Combined Federal Campaign, the annual solicitation of the area's 350,000 federal employees, is having the best year in campaign history. To date, the CFC has raised $7,306,071 for the United Way.
Other contributions reported:
The Pacesetter Corporate Gifts division, which includes selected corporations in the community, $1,922,129; the Labor division, which has solicited contributions from about 200 national and local unions, $31,897; the Major Accounting Firms division, $133,737; the Major Law Firms division, $93,346; the Associations division, $133,541, and the Special Gifts division, $281,081.