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United Way campaign kicks off with big numbers

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RICHLAND, Wash.-- The United Way of Benton and Franklin counties on Wednesday had its biggest campaign kick off yet. 230 people gathered for the 53rd annual breakfast at the Red Lion in Richland.

United Way's goal this year is to raise $4.7 million towards community programs and services. The theme is change because United Way supporters want to change what could be a rocky road ahead for the Tri-Cities. Sandra Sawyer, Assistant Project Director of Business Services for Bechtel, explains, "We need additional help in the Tri-Cities this year, more than ever. We're going to see impacts in our Hanford community because of reductions. As those reductions continue, the need for community support is greater."

United Way says another goal this year is to find new donors. The organization has told each current donor to try to get at least one new person to contribute, even if it's only a few dollars. They say any amount helps. To learn more about donating, click here.