United Way gets $150,000 from anonymous donors

SANDUSKY United Way agencies can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Two anonymous d
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



United Way agencies can breathe a collective sigh of relief.

Two anonymous donors gave United Way of ErieCounty a total of $150,000 Monday.

"I was extremely excited. Pretty much every agency got something because of the donors," said Pam Colbert-Brumbaugh, United Way executive director.

"It helps our budget so we can do more things within the community and letting people know we'll be able to keep providing the services at a level that they're used to."

This year's campaign ended with United Way about $300,000 under its goal of $965,000.

The recent donation will bring the organization much closer to its goal and allow theagencies to operate under more normal conditions.

"It's the largest donation that I'm aware of. The most definitely this year,"Colbert-Brumbaugh said.

"To get that is just phenomenal, especially this time of the year. We are so very grateful. Our agencies are feeling very blessed because certainly the need is here."

The donors decided how much money was given to each United Way agency and helped many of the agencies reach their specific fundraising goal.

Ron Rude, executive director of the American Red Cross Firelands chapter, said their portion of the donation -- about $27,000 -- was a complete surprise.

"It feels wonderful," he said. "It means that we can continue to program, plan, provide and serve, and we're not going to have to cut down programming."

Amy Roldan, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, said this donation will allow them to put their focus back where it needs to be.

"This allows us to focus on the children and not the money," she said. "It will allow us to get through this year."

Roldan said the agency served 300 children in Erie County through school and community programs.

"We run a pretty tight ship here that actually facilitates everything. When we take a cut, it's huge," she said. "Having someone so gracious is helpful. We are always looking to funding sources to continue to grow. I'd love to serve 300 (children) this year and 500 next year."

Colbert-Brumbaugh said the Sandusky Erie County Community Foundation was instrumental in facilitating the donation.