United Way Keeps Pace in Its Fund-Raising

From Times Staff Reports

Orange County’s United Way announced last week that it had bucked a national trend by raising $26.4 million -- about the same as in 2001-02 -- to help the county’s needy this year.

United Way chapters across the country had reported 3% to 5% drops in fund-raising.

“We really owe the resiliency of our fund-raising efforts to the generosity of local companies that encourage their employees to give back to the community,” said Maria Chavez Wilcox, United Way president.