United Way

In announcing a $730,000 goal for the the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley’s 2013-14 fundraising campaign, board members have every reason to believe they once again will hit, if not exceed, that mark.

They know the heart of the community the agency serves.

The agency officially began its annual fundraising campaign Wednesday during a presentation at the Grand Point Conference Center in Vienna where 50 area officials and business leaders were in attendance.

“I know at the end of the campaign we will reach our goal,” said Marie Foster Gnage, president of West Virginia University at Parkersburg and incoming presdident of the United Way board.

The money raised in the United Way’s annual campaign is the lifeblood of survival for more than 40 non-profit agencies in Athens, Calhoun, Jackson, Pleasants, Ritchie, Roane, Tyler, Washington, Wirt and Wood counties. It is not an exaggeration to say the majority of those agencies would be unable to perform their missions without that financial help.

The agencies provide afterschool activities for kids, offer shelter for victims of domestic violence, provide opportunities for people with disabilities and much more.

Just a sampling of the agencies served are:

  • The Williamstown Welfare League, an all volunteer organization whose purpose is to manage the Williamstown Food Bank and centralize emergency welfare work in the Williamstown High School district.
  • The Salvation Army, which provides shelter, delivered and sit-down meals to anyone in need, emergency services of food, rent, utility, prescriptions, eyeglasses, clothing and furniture in a six-county area of West Virginia.
  • The Parkersburg Area Coalition for the Homeless, which works toward finding solutions to the homeless population in our community by providing basic hygiene and survival items, access to day shelter, raising public awareness and education of the homeless and providing referral services and support.

These are many, many more wonderful and giving groups and volunteers, all providing services to our area which would not be there without the assistance of the United Way.

While $750,000 may seem a lot of money, the work it helps accomplish makes it grow exponentially when placed in the hands of caring people. We know that once again Mid-Ohio Valley residents will be generous when asked to support the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley.

As Gnage said:

“Think about the difference it will make in our community.”