United Way of Johnson County has achieved the 93 percent mark toward its 2007 pledge drive goal of $375,000.

“As of (Dec. 17), we have raised $347,893,” said Diane Packwood, saying they would still be receiving contributions after Jan. 1.

“This is an exciting time during the campaign. There have been lots of activities, lots of workplace presentations and lots of hard work being done,” said Bob King, 2007 campaign chairman.

“Recently we have made presentations to Sachem, Alvarado Lions Club, Grandview Chamber of Commerce, Cleburne Rotary Club, Burleson ISD and Keene Chamber of Commerce, just to name a few. It is because of the participation and generosity of area businesses, their employees and other loyal United Way supporters with the help of more than 30 United Way campaign volunteers that we are able to achieve this.”

“The pledges are coming in but we still have a good way to go,” said executive director Dianne Packwood. “We are now coming up on the Christmas season. What a great time to give thanks and gratitude of all that we have by making a pledge to the United Way and giving back to our communities.”

“We are confident that we will reach our goal of $375,000, but we really need our communities to get behind this effort and help us push the thermometer to the top,” King said.

United Way of Johnson County is a nonprofit organization that improves the lives of people who live and work in Johnson County and strengthens the communities through 23 local health and human service programs.  

Partnering agencies for 2008 include:

•Burleson Pregnancy Aid Center, which provides the Hope Program, including prenatal classes, 24/7 dad program and parenting classes. 817-921-0653.

•Cancer Care Services, which provides prescription cancer medications and social workers for in home visits for low-income Johnson County residents. 817-921-0653.

•CASA of Johnson County, which recruits, trains and supervises community volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in court proceedings. 817-558-6995.

•Community Partners of Johnson County, which provides free medical, dental and vision services to Johnson County uninsured/underinsured. 817-202-2205.  

•Harvest House, which meets the needs of people in the Burleson area by providing food, clothing, prescriptions and other necessities of life. It also provides seasonal assistance with a back-to-school assistance. 817-295-6252.

•H.O.P.E Medical/Dental Clinic provides free medical, dental and vision services to Johnson County uninsured/underinsured. 817-641-5858.

Programs and partnerships that United Way supports improve community wellness, help children thrive and supply basic needs.

“We will have our campaign celebration and awards at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, at CISD central offices, suite 100, Cleburne,” Packwood said.

Call 817-645-9153 or mail contributions to P.O. Box 31, Cleburne, TX 76033.