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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 3:45 pm | Updated: 2:02 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

United Way volunteers have completed more than 80 presentations in the Fairbanks area at local businesses and other institutions  spread the word about the 2012 campaign, under the leadership of co-chairs Joane Johnson and John Ringstad.

To get an  up-to-date reading on the status of the campaign, the United Way has posted thermometers at four locations in Fairbanks and the Daily News-Miner that show progress toward the goal of $1.5 million.

The Daily News-Miner includes the thermometer in its Saturday edition. The campaign is still in its early stages, at about 30 percent of the goal.

The physical thermometers are at the Fairbanks Community Food Bank, the Fairbanks Resource Agency, the Girl Scout offices and the Alaska Center for Children and Adults.

Those are four of the 20 member agencies of the local United Way of the Tanana Valley.

Karen Lundquist, executive director of the United Way, says that workplace campaigns are going on from Healy to Delta, a vast area in which the United Way agencies provide services to tens of thousands of children and adults.

There are special events in many businesses and organizations to generate more enthusiasm and community spirit, ranging from ice cream socials to cook-offs. At some point in our lives, we all come into contact with or benefit from the good works of the United Way agencies.

Lundquist said no business or organization is too small to have a workplace campaign and that the participation by small entities is vital to success.

You can give online at or  call 452-7211 if you would like someone to make a 15-minute presentation about how the United Way works and why it is important.



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