In the video above, reporter Brianna Juneau talks with Gary Owen and Cooper Thomas about the United Way of Cascade County.
United Way of Cascade County announced that the latest campaign raised $1.2 million dollars to invest in the community.
At the organization’s annual meeting and campaign celebration, campaign cabinet, coordinators, Pacesetters, and United Way staff were in attendance to recognize last years efforts and take a look at this year’s outlook.
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The United Way of Cascade County focuses on investing in health, education, and financial stability within the community of Great Falls. Through campaigns, a ripple effect of positive change is seen in the community when that money is invested back into it.
Last year’s board chair and general manager of City Motors Cooper Thomas described 2023’s fundraising campaign as the largest in the state: “Really, this is, this is a fantastic United Ways in comparison to others in our area. This was a very successful campaign this year, as it has been in years past. We did grow a little bit over last year. So, we're really happy about that.”
Last year's campaign goal was set at $1.3 million dollars, a whopping 11 percent higher than 2022s campaign total. This year’s campaign grew by 3.8 percent, raising $1.2 million and exceeding last year’s campaign to help more than 31,000 people in the community.
When asked about the impact United Way makes on cities like Great Falls, United Way President Gary Owen said, “I think the biggest role that United Way plays in our community is bringing the people and the resources together to build a stronger community.”