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UW of Mower County raises just over $1.27M

However, Lanke said there is a bit of caution that comes with the good news. The UW will have to wait and see how the drive actually pans out as it isn’t guaranteed all the final pledged numbers. That rests largely with the unpredictable nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The reason is that many who may have pledged, may not be in a position to give the money. It could have a far reaching effect as well.

A collage of images that show the work that the United Way of Mower County and its partners do to help the Austin Area. Photo provided

“That could affect the pledges that we receive and in the 2020 campaign that will be more important than ever for sustainability purposes. To raise enough money to sustain these programs for the foreseeable future.”

Overall, Lanke said that United Ways has seen a rise in two areas when it comes to people coming to them for help: mental health and food security; however, she’s been impressed with the efforts people have put into continuing to help.

“Mental health issues … it’s been amazing what people deploy in models of service delivery,” she said. “Food security is another huge one. Mental health, food security are the two most immediate needs.”

Lanke said that the drive itself has benefitted from a community that continues to give during these unprecedented times and she hopes that the community will continue to have faith in the organization as it continues its mission to help its partners.

“We’re very lucky,” she said.