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2015 United Way goal $10 million?


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - Now that the latest Sioux Empire United Way goal has been exceeded work has started on next year’s effort.

Past United Way Campaign Chair Tom Bosch says this year’s total was only $50,000 below $10 million. The total dollars raised are $9,948,988, or an increase of 1.5% over last year's campaign. Bosch says more than 90 cents of every dollar raised goes toward programs and services.

The Sioux Empire Unkited Way supports 90 different partner programs through 47 agencies.  Bosch says programs provide services from quality child-care programs for low income families to financial assistance to for rent and transportation to home delivered meals for seniors.

Bosch says the Sioux Empire United Way campaign is number two in per capita giving nationwide.  He say there are over 1,000 individuals that volunteer for United Way and just 11 staff members.