United Way of Stanislaus County issues call for public's coins

A local nonprofit wants residents to dig deep into their pockets and donate their spare change.

The United Way of Stanislaus County has raised about 81 percent of its goal of $2.3 million for its annual fund-raising campaign, which ends April 30.

The group hopes its "Be The Change ... Donate Your Change" campaign will put it over the top.

The United Way will have three locations set up Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for people to drop off the spare change they have collected from co-workers, friends and others:

• The United Way's Modesto office at 422 McHenry Ave.

• Prime Shine Carwash, 1800 Prescott Road, Modesto

• FoodMaxx, 1845 Countryside Lane, Turlock

"People have been generous," said Francine DiCiano, United Way's president and chief executive officer. "We are asking the community if they can help us close the gap. People are collecting their spare change. Hopefully they will throw some dollars in, too. There's a lot of need out there."

The United Way's annual campaign starts in the fall and ends April 30, the conclusion of the nonprofit's fiscal year.

The money helps fund the United Way's approximately two dozen partner agencies, from Inter-Faith Ministries and the American Red Cross to The Salvation Army.

DiCiano said the United Way raised $2.1 million last year during its annual campaign.

The United Way has handed out about 90 special cans to businesses and others in Modesto and Turlock for people to collect spare change for the fund-raiser.

"We've got cans out all over town," DiCiano said, adding that it's not too late to request a can. For more information, call 523-4562.