United Way donations rise 9.1% in county


United Way contributions from Howard County reached nearly $2.5 million for the 1995 campaign -- an increase of 9.1 percent from the previous year and more than double the county's goal.

The county's contributions were part of a regional increase for United Way of Central Maryland, which received a total of $36.5 million last year -- an increase of more than 4 percent over 1994. That percentage increase was the largest for United Way of Central Maryland since the 1988-1989 campaign, the organization said. Among companies cited by United Way for their contributions in Howard County were Green Spring Health Services, which increased its participation by 289 percent, to 228 donors; Sylvan Learning Systems Inc., which raised more than $12,500 and had more than 60 percent employee participation; Developmental Services Group Inc., which increased its support by 77 percent; and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, which raised $315,000.

In Howard County, United Way money helps groups such as the Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center, Howard County Association for Retarded Citizens and the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County.

In 1994, United Way money helped 85,527 people through these and other agencies.

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