United Way announces it raised more than $11 million to aid community

United Way of Greater Chattanooga
photo United Way of Greater Chattanooga

United Way officials announced that they raised $11,079,020 in this year's fundraising campaign, to be distributed to dozens of nonprofit organizations throughout the metro area.

The announcement was made Tuesday evening in the United Way's "Celebrate United" annual meeting at the Waterhouse Pavilion in Miller Plaza downtown.

But United Way President Lesley Stiles Scearce emphasized that money was less important to the group than the work of its volunteers.

"Programs don't change lives, people change lives," Scearce said. "We are here tonight to recognize the people, some in our neighborhoods, some in our congregations, who give, advocate and volunteer on behalf of our community."

She estimated that more than 140,000 people were helped by programs funded in part by the United Way last year.

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