Thanks to thousands of volunteers and contributions, United Way is working in Utah County.

United Way officials of central and southern Utah announced Tuesday that the organization raised a rec-ord $750,000 for the year to go toward helping people in need.The amount is 15 percent over last year's and comes by way of employee contributions, corporate gifts and individual gifts made from throughout the county.

The money will go to support 21 local agencies to help the handicapped, elderly, abused, illiterate, terminally ill and many others in need in Utah County, said Bill Hulterstrom, executive director.

The record was set as part of United Way's goal to reach $1.3 million in contributions by 1990.

"Without volunteers we are dead in the water," said Bill Gibson, United Way volunteer president and vice president of First Security Bank in Provo. "We really have to rely on 6,000 volunteers to operate every year."

Volunteers and area companies were recognized for their efforts Tuesday at a Thank You Luncheon.

Brigham Young University received an award for being the largest employee contributor. The university donated $122,000.

The largest corporate increase over last year went to Novell, Inc., which was up $8,800. Signetics received the award for the largest employee increase, $92.44.

The largest percentage increase contribution came from United Parcel Service at 407 percent. UPS also received the award for largest employee per capita giving at $91.81.

Jay Weaver, campaign chairman, said a Geneva Steel contribution of $35,000 - the largest corporate gift - put United Way over its goal for the year.