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United Way exceeds goal, helps 8 more organizations

The Mitchell United Way exceeded its goal by $30,000 for the 2011-12 campaign, so it has chosen eight entities to receive additional grants.

Dave Stevens, executive director of Mitchell United Way, said the organization's board has chosen Abbott House, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cornerstone Career Learning Center, LifeQuest, Lutheran Social Services, Mitchell Area Safehouse, Mitchell Regional Habitat for Humanity and Independent Living Choices.

"We have exceeded our goal in three out of the last five years," Stevens said. "When that happens, we allow agencies to make application for that funding."

The United Way goal this year was $425,000.

Each of the eight entities, and others, were able to apply for funds in three categories -- for capital purpose, special purpose or equipment.

Mitchell's United Way is ranked 48th out of 1,400 United Way organization in the nation for per capita giving.

"We're very proud of that fact," Stevens said.

Ryan Huber, Mitchell United Way president, said a surplus is something that doesn't happen every year for the organization. But when it does, the board works to get that money to organizations that need it.

"We're excited to be able to do our due diligence and have the surplus funds to help the eight agencies with additional requests," he said. "Our board felt this was important rather than putting the money in our coffers."

The goal for the 2012-13 campaign hasn't been set yet, but the board will discuss it in the next few weeks, Huber said. He expects the goal to be slightly increased from the 2011-12 campaign, but not by much as the area and country are still recovering from an economic recession.