United Way of Otter Tail County reached the 2016 Campaign Goal before the end of the year. It is believed to be the first time ever that United Way of Otter Tail has reached the goal before the calendar turned to the new year.

This is the fourth year the annual fundraising goal has been met, but not before year end.

“This is an exciting first…It feels good to be at this point, knowing our communities and donors are supporting us,” said Mary Phillipe, United Way of Otter Tail County Executive Director.

The non-profit organization based out of Fergus Falls, with a satellite office in Perham, increased their annual campaign goal to $335,000.  Funding from the campaign provides for over 40 programs and initiatives. These programs focus on education, health, financial stability and volunteerism.

United Way staff and volunteers kicked off the 2016 campaign in Battle Lake during the last weeks in August.  Week-by-week, the campaign continued throughout the county.  Volunteers, board members and the staff-of-four delivered the “blaze-orange business packets,” sent letters and presented to groups. Each piece played a part in reaching this early goal.

United Way will celebrate this accomplishment during their Community Impact luncheon on Wednesday, January 18th at the Bigwood Event Center. At this event, awards will be presented to top donors, Community Heroes, Rising Stars and the Otter Tail County Volunteer of the Year will be named.