Pledges and collections in the United Way campaign totaled $2,179,351 through Thursday. That brings collections to 43 percent of this year's goal of $5,031,195.

"The hard work of hundreds of volunteers is beginning to bring results," said Ross E. Kendell, president and chief operating officer of Key Bank and 1988 campaign chairman. "We need to keep up the intensity of our efforts through Thanksgiving."Funds raised in this year's drive will be allocated during 1989 among 115 health and human care services at 58 local agencies.

Estimates indicate the lives of one-third of local residents will be affected through services to the economically disadvantaged, physically ill and emotionally troubled, as well as programs for youth character development.