The Jefferson County United Way needs residents to help with a final push to reach its fundraising goal of $360,000 for this year.

The annual fundraising drive has been extended until March 1. The organization has met more than 90 percent of its goal or about $324,000.

Fundraising is difficult during the holiday season, but now that we are into the new year, we should turn our attention to the United Way and the organizations it helps fund.

The United Way helps support 14 nonprofit agencies in the county. Donations for the United Way come from payroll deductions through local employers, as well as private donations.

Those donations will help a wide variety of organizations that touch the lives of almost everyone.

A few examples:

• During times of disaster the Red Cross offers aid and also conducts blood drives throughout the year.

• The Boys Scouts and Girl Scouts offer mentoring and teach our youngsters skills they will use throughout life.

• The Retired Senior Volunteer Program links retirees with specific areas of expertise with those who will benefit from the relationship.

• Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Lide White Boys and Girls Club offer programs for children throughout the year, including after-school supervision.

The list goes on. The agencies receiving United Way funds are: The American Red Cross, Southeastern Indiana Independent Living Center, Boy Scouts of America Hoosier Trails Council, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana Council, Girls Inc., Lifetime Resources/Sentry Services, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Lide White Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Salvation Army, Turning Point, Casa Amiga, Southwestern Recreation Association and the USO.

If you are able, please make a donation.

The United Way can be contacted by calling (812) 265-2036 or by email at