The Jefferson County United Way will extend its annual fundraising drive until March 1. The organization has met more than 90 percent of its $360,000 goal or about $324,000.

The money collected in 2013 and over the next few weeks will go toward several organizations' operating and funding needs this year.

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

Once the drive ends, the money will be distributed to the local agencies through quarterly contributions. The percentage of funding is decided by the board of directors.

The agencies the 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.