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The United Way of Decatur & Mid-Illinois is set to kickoff its 2011 fundraising campaign in DeWitt County, however expectations for this year's effort have been scaled back.

Chad Clevenger, Direct of Community Impact with the local agency, indicates they have officially launched the 2011 campaign.  Last year DeWitt County raised just under 45-thousand dollars for United Way.  Clevenger hopes that amount can be matched this year, however he says the organization's goal is 5-thousand dollars less for the 11 DeWitt County Programs United Way Supports.

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There are two primary avenues that the United Way utilizes to raise money.  Clevenger explains numerous local businesses organize employee campaigns, while contributions from local individuals also help the organization.  He says the funds raised will stay within DeWitt County, and will be distributed to 11 local partner agencies.

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Another unique aspect of the United Way is how the funds are distributed.  Clevenger notes the organization is truly community driven, as a group of local volunteers determines how the money is given among the partner agencies.

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To learn how you can contribute to the annual United Way of Decatur & Mid-Illinois' Campaign Drive ask your employer about organizing a drive or contact the agency to contribute as an individual by calling (217) 422-8537.

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