Waiting is the hardest part, according to Ronda Ison, United Way campaign director, by way of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Waiting is the hardest part, according to Ronda Ison, United Way campaign director, by way of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

In particular, Ison is waiting for the numbers from the final few companies to help complete the United Way campaign for another year.

As of Tuesday, the campaign is at 83 percent of its goal, with just a few weeks remaining.

“We’re at 83 percent of our goal, which is $210,000,” Ison said.

“We do have some companies yet to come in.

“We have a few pacesetter companies coming in next week to two weeks.”

Although the goal is smaller than last year’s $234,000, that doesn’t mean the year isn’t going well compared to 2009. In fact, Ison said she’s more comfortable this year than last.

“Compared to last year, it’s going better,” Ison said. “A majority of companies have been up slightly, and a few were up significantly.
“A few were down, but most either matched last year or were up significantly. I’m optimistic, since we have a few more to report.

“I don’t like to guess on those numbers.”

Ison said that a few companies have done notable events, pointing out Watco, Names and Numbers, Medicalodge and others for their work.

“Companies have really worked hard and done interesting things to meet the goal or exceed it,” she said.

“I’m feeling good, I’m just waiting on the rest to come.”

For those still looking for ways to donate to the United Way campaign, call 231-8140 or mail to United Way, P.O. Box 27, Pittsburg, KS 66762.

Andrew Nash can be reached at andrew.nash@morningsun.net or by calling 231-2600 ext. 132.