Despite an unstable economy, Anne Arundel County's contribution to the United Way of Central Maryland's 1990 campaign broke records -- a 12.4 percent increase over 1989's $1.23 million total.
"There is an awful lot of potential in Anne Arundel County," saidCarole Baker, manager of regional services for the Central United Way. "We outpaced the region."
The central region includes Howard, Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties, each of which showed improvement.
Contributions to the United Way of Central Maryland's 1990 campaign increased 3.4 percent, totaling almost $32 million.
Money will go to critical needs areas, such as drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and elderly care, among other programs run by 59 United Way agencies in the county.
This year, a revised form allowed contributors to choose where they wanted their donations to go. Contributors could choose issues as well as specific organizations to receive money.
The campaign ran from September through February.
"In spite of the recession and war, we expanded our base of support for the future," said Mel Tansill, spokesman for the United Way of Central Maryland. "Things weren't looking too good in November, with layoffs increasing and the recession. It was a culmination of cutbacks in programs in state and local budgets. They are being slashed to bits. People now, more than ever, need United Way support. We wouldn't be able to fill the void if not for Anne Arundel County."
Private companies andthe county government made significant contributions this year.
County school system employees increased their donations by 29 percent, contributing $98,938.
Workers at Nationwide Insurance, which wasthe designatedpacesetter and kicked off the campaign early last year, donated $226,249, a 23 percent increase.
Anne Arundel Medical Center employees pledged $30,792, marking a 24.8 percent increase.
Anne Arundel Community College employees registered a 47.2 percent increase, donating $26,265. A number of incentives were offered to participants, including the use of the college president's parking space, a prize to an AACC employee who donated 15 percent more than in 1989.
Dan Symancyk, a math professor, won the space, but he rides a bicycle. He donated the space to an upcoming scholarship drawing.
County government workers donated $180,335, a 15 percent increase over 1989.
Others with impressive increases: North Arundel Hospital, where employees contributed $14,336, a 24.9 percent increase; ARINC, where workers donated $177,438, up 7.7 percent; and IIT, an Annapolis-based research firm, whose employees gave $76,831, an 18.1 percent increase.