Goal Exceeded

PARKERSBURG – The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley announced Wednesday its 2013-2014 fundraising campaign resulted in contributions of $769,466, which was $39,466 over its goal.

“I thought the goal of $730,000 was high considering current economic situations, but I knew it could be done,” said Marie Foster Gnage, chairman of the United Way Alliance Board.

The fundraising campaign, which kicked off in September 2013, set a goal of $730,000. The fundraising concluded on March 31.

The total raised this year exceeded goals by 5.4 percent, Gnage said.

The extra contributions will allow the United Way Alliance to provide more funding to organizations that have requested money for the coming year, Gnage said.

“We want to thank everyone who contributed, whether large or small,” Gnage said.

Residential donations for the year accounted for $98,350.

Donations are used locally to:

  • Fund local agencies and programs that significantly contribute to the health and wellness throughout the MOV;
  • Provide emergency response funds to United Way agencies;
  • Fund the operations of the United Way Alliance office.

This year’s contributions included $14,308 for non-member organizations, which were included in the $769,466 total, Gnage said.

Those contributions had their destinations designated at the time of donation, said Joyce Mather, executive director of the United Way Alliance of the MOV.

A total of 41 non-member organizations were in this list, including 13 volunteer fire departments and emergency squads, the American Cancer Society, Catholic Charities of West Virginia, the Human Society of Parkersburg, the Women’s Care Center, and the Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Cincinnati, Gnage said.

In the past year, local United Way donations were used in the Back-to-School Backpack program, which provided 1,000 backpacks for children in need, Gnage.

The Every Smile Matters Oral Health Initiative provided 1,000 dental pouches in those 1,000 backpacks, she said.

The Warming Hands & Hearts Energy Assistance Program has distributed prescription discount cards throughout the MOV, saving families more than $1.1 million locally, Gnage said.

United Way contributions will be used to fund agency partners in the coming year, Gnage said.

The designated organizations for 2015 have not been announced yet, Mather said. The review process of applications has begun, she said. There are 42 agencies requesting United Way funding in the coming year.

Contributions can still to be made by contacting the United Way, Gnage said. “It’s never too late to contribute,” she said.

United Way contributions made locally always remain local, Gnage said. For each dollar donated, 99 cents remain in the Mid-Ohio Valley, she said.