Jefferson County United Fund is launching its November fundraising campaign, following a one-year hiatus due to an IRS naming technicality.

Jefferson County United Fund (formerly Jefferson County United Way) has gone back to the name it began with in 1968.

The name change is new, but the mission for the fund is still the same. The new logo depicts a helping hand for people in need in Jefferson County.

The 12 agencies supported by JCUF serve people in many ways: delivering meals to the homebound, responding to local disasters, assessing kids for child abuse care, providing after-school safety, meeting emergency needs, and reaching out to the community in many practical ways.

Donations to the United Fund reach the 12 nonprofit agencies which depend on the contributions to run their programs. The volunteer board of United Fund passes on 95 percent of all donations to the service providers. Board members include Floyd Courtain, Reba Powell, Trish Hansen, Vicki Woods, Don Kraus, Rob Osborn and Jim Manion.

Jefferson County United Fund has 501-c3 status, and all gifts are tax deductible.

The agencies supported by United Fund include: Boy Scouts of America, Children’s Learning Center; Saving Grace, Central Oregon Council on Aging, Early Intervention and Early Childhood services, American Red Cross, the Kids Club, the Kids Center, Girl Scouts of America, Jefferson County Food Bank, Court-Appointed Special Advocates, and the Jefferson County Ministerial Association.

“Our goal this year is $24,000, and the campaign runs through November,” said board member Rob Osborn.

To donate, send contributions to Jefferson County United Fund, P.O. Box. 142, Madras, OR 97741. For more information, call 541-475-2783, or 541-475-3442.

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