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United Way sets $17 million goal for Greenville County

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United Way of Greenville County has set a goal of raising $17 million during its annual community campaign. Pacesetter companies have already turned in employee pledges totaling more than $3.9 million, or 23% of the overall goal.

Dollars raised in the campaign will be used to support United Way’s work to build a Cycle of Success, where children start school prepared to learn and go on to graduate. Well-educated graduates find good jobs and create stable homes, and children from stable homes continue the cycle because they start school on track and prepared to learn, according to a news release.

Last year, more than 100,000 people were helped by United Way in one or more of the four key areas: life essentials, school readiness, high school graduation or financial stability.

“We all know that we are lucky to live in a community as beautiful and prosperous as Greenville County,” said 2017 Campaign Chairman Kurt Rozelsky, in the release. “We’re frequently recognized as one of the best places to live in America. But our goal during this campaign season is to make sure that is true for all of our neighbors, because we know too well that not every citizen in our community has access to the same Greenville.”

United Way also has unveiled a new mobile app to make it easier for users to donate, volunteer and share their support of the campaign on social media using the hashtags #TeamUWGC and #17for17. More information is available online.

The campaign runs through Oct. 31.

The Pacesetter companies include four large campaigns with Fluor Corp., Greenville Health System, Michelin North America and Greenville County Schools. Other Pacesetter companies include:

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