United Way of Ross County met for its campaign update, Tuesday afternoon.

Campaign Co-Chair Martha Watson said the overall message is to lend a helping hand to others: "The greatest gift that you can give someone is your time, so I would encourage people that if they're not able to give financially this year that you come into the United Way office and think about volunteering in one of our local agencies because your time is so important ... (and) is a great way to give back to your community."

To date, the local United Way has raised 17% of its $575,000 goal.