The United Way of Ellis County recently wrapped up its campaign drive and will be able to help 15 agencies with donations this year.

“The goal for the 2017 campaign that just ended in January was $450,000, and in the past two years, we have raised $415,000 each year,” said Sherry Dryden, executive director. “This year, we did reach $395,000, which does make an impact in Ellis County.

“This was also the first year in many years for the United Way to open up the application process, and we are excited to say we now have 15 partner agencies.”

One of the questions that is periodically asked of the United Way is regarding administrative costs.

“We work on keeping that at 20 percent or less,” Dryden said.

The United Way has its annual meeting scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. March 8 in the first floor Conference Room in the Hadley Center, 205 E. Seventh. The public is invited to attend.

The United Way of Ellis County is grateful for all the business and individual partners, both new and existing, who gave this year. New events such as the Power of the Purse, Pumpkin Patch Roll and Fun Run and a new format for Dine Out Days has been great for filling some of the shortfall areas experienced by United Way. Another new opportunity was the formation of a new affinity group called the Wonder Women League. They already have planned a Power of the Purse event for April 18. Watch Facebook at United Way of Ellis County or www.liveunited.us for ticket information.

This is the 65th year for the United Way of Ellis County, and plans are in the works for fun events throughout the year. Events will be posted by press releases and through Facebook and the website.