COVID-19 pandemic causes fundraising shortage for United Way

FREMONT – Sandusky County United Way raised about 20% less money than normal in its 2020 campaign due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

United Way raised about $467,550 in 2020. Funds will be dispersed to county programs starting in July and ending in June 2022.

“It was about 20% less than 2019,” Abby Aldrich, executive director of the Sandusky County United Way, said in an email. “Not being able to host fundraising events like golf outings and auctions greatly decreased what was raised.”

Organizations that are looking for funding apply online between January and March each year. Members of the United Way Board of Trustees review each application and assess them based on factors such as alignment with the United Way’s strategic plan, the need for the program, the outcomes the organization has produced in the past and the organizations financial health, according to Aldrich.