The Davis County United Way set a goal to raise $588,000 by the end of November as it kicked off its yearly campaign.
Larry Burdett, United Way executive director, said that the amount is a 7 percent increase over last year's goal of $540,000. Last year's campaign beat that mark by $8,000."It's optimistic, but it still won't meet all of the needs requested by our agencies," Burdett said.
About 124 business leaders, members of the United Way board, loaned executives and volunteers kicked off the United Way campaign Wednesday during lunch at the Hill Air Force Base Officer's Club.
Chuck Coonradt of the Western Leadership Institute challenged the United Way workers to build the support among fellow workers and others in the business community to reach the goal.
At the meeting, six "pacesetter" organizations announced that they have already raised $30,000 from their employees during August. Those organizations only raised $15,000 during the campaign last year.
They include Futura Home Products, Clearfield; Freeport Associates, Clearfield; Smith's Management Corp., Layton; Team Mechanical, Kaysville; Flying J Refinery, North Salt Lake; and Utah Bank and Trust, Bountiful.
This year's campaign includes 22 board members and 22 "loaned executives," who will be allowed by their employers to work part time to raise money for the United Way.
Roe Walker, manager of General Dynamics in Clearfield is chairman of this year's campaign.