"We had $6,000 in pledges on that very first day," said English. "Altogether the hospital gave $9,205.18. That's $2,000 more than last year."
The overall goal for the United Way campaign in Putnam County is to reach $145,000. Right now the agency is at 87 percent of that goal.
"We're really pleased with the response we've received from the community," said English.
"We're in a pretty good spot and we haven't gotten the pledges from the schools or all of DePauw in yet," he added.
Last year, the total amount from the county schools was approximately $1,000 with most of that coming from the Greencastle system.
DePauw University increased its corporate donation 25 percent this year.
"We've had a really good campaign on the campus. Dr. Brian Casey, the new DePauw President has really been behind supporting the community through the United Way," acknowledged English.
"And, this year, Sharon Pitcock has headed up our education campaign and we are seeing some really good results from that," said English.
He added that until this year, he didn't believe there was much of an organized campaign for United Way in the schools.
"I'm very, very pleased with the community's response and very hopeful that we will meet our goal this year. We're not there yet and still need donations, but we are well on our way thanks to this very giving community," noted English.
For more information about the United Way or to make a donation contact English at 765-653-5638 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org