TICONDEROGA The United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties, Inc. has met the 2008 campaign goal of $700,000. The annual campaign is conducted primarily during the fall months and concludes in January of each year. This years campaign raised a total of $722,330. John Bernardi, executive director, said, We are so delighted to deliver this exciting news to our two county community. It is once again a testament to the generosity and caring nature of the north country. Bob Donlan, partner of Donlan and Barcomb Financial Services, was the chair of this years drive and has volunteered on the campaign team for several years. He said, It was a great team effort with campaign team volunteers, United Way staff and employee representatives, but most of all, it was the generosity of businesses, organizations and individuals that made it successful. The next campaign will be chaired by Dan Alexander of Elizabethtown who is the publisher and owner of Denton Publications and was the vice chair of this years drive. Other campaign team members included: Jamie Basiliere, Jake Short, Lisa VanNatten, Steve Preston, Kirk Stallsmith, Alan Jones, Tom Koester, Dale Dowdle, Jay Kerley, Ellen Gordon, Bruce Gray, Phil Racine, Deena McCullough, Marge Garcia, Paul Connelly, Peter Cadieux, Dale Figg, Marion Daniels and Kathy Snow. The mission of the United Way of Clinton and Essex Counties, Inc. is to be a leader in community problem solving and to increase the organized capacity of people to care for one another. The funds raised from this campaign will be allocated to local community partner agencies based on donor designations and agency applications for additional funds. A committee of community members will review requests for undesignated funds and recommend to the board of directors the awarding of grants based upon community needs throughout Clinton and Essex counties. Donlan also said, All the funds stay local and go toward supporting critical services for our friends and neighbors here in the north country. In addition to funding 33 health and human service organizations in the region, the local United Way also coordinates a wide variety of programs including, Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), 2-1-1 Information and Referral, Disaster Preparedness and other community based initiatives.