Carroll County is bucking the recessionary trend by giving more money to the United Way.
More than $555,000 has been contributed from the county's companies to the 1990 campaign, said Mel Tansill, spokesman for the United Way's central service region.
"Last year the whole total (from the county) was $795,000," he said. "It is very possible that this could be a record year in Carroll County if the trend keeps going.
"It's a good sign, and we're constantly optimistic. If the trend keeps going and the message is getting out, we will have good numbers to report in a month."
Statewide, the campaign has raised $27.5 million since it began Sept. 6. That's nearly 80 percent of the $34.7 million goal, Tansill said. Employeedonations are holding at a 12 percent increase over last year, he said.
The $555,000 Carroll contribution does not include donations from employees who work for a corporation headquartered outside the county and give through that company.
"There is definitely a momentum out there in spite of the economy," Tansill said. "We still don't know if we'll make our goal, but we will have a record fund-raising year by raising more than $32 million.
"We just hope it sustains itself for another month."