JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- The United Way is looking forward to one last major contribution from the GM plant in Janesville.
The United Way of North Rock County relied heavily on payroll deductions from GM workers. As GM made layoffs leading up to the plant closure, the United Way began noticing the difference.
"We're still seeing a strong response from the community. We've been very honest in telling people what the needs are and what our situation is, as far as our
campaign goals and the loss of revenue from the GM campaign, how that's going to impact us," explained Tammy Gore of the United Way.
This year the United Way lowered its donation goal to $1.35 million from $1.6 million. It expects to meet that more modest goal.
"So even though we're excited we might make goal, the needs of the community have always relied on that $1.6 million and now we'll be raising less than that," said Gore.
Next year the United Way is already looking at a $350 thousand gap. To help make up for that, GM and UAW donated the last Tahoe ever made at the Janesville Assembly Plant to the organization.
"They told us we could do whatever we needed with that to lessen the impact on the funds raised for next year's campaign," said Gore.
The United Way is raffling it off and hopes to raise $190 thousand. So far there's been a lot of interest.
"A lot of people are interested in that last Tahoe, whether it's for nostalgia's sake or they actually want a vehicle," said Gore.
The Tahoe is being kept at Fagan Chevrolet in Janesville.
"We've had people come in all last week and the week before to get tickets. I mean it's a $57 thousand Tahoe," said Reza Soulati, Fagan sales representative.
Unfortunately, when it comes down to the bottom line, the United Way would have preferred payroll deductions from the auto workers to the Tahoe.
"While that starts to make it up, we still do need the regular contributions that people have always pledged if they can, to continue coming in," said Gore.
The United Way will announce the winner of the Chevy Tahoe at its annual meeting at the Pontiac Convention Center in Janesville on February 25th.