Helping Neighbors

Thank you, Mid-Ohio Valley. The caring and generosity on which local organizations have always known they could count shined through even in this year that has been financially tough on so many of you. In fact, not only did donors come through in order to help the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley meet its goals for the 2014 fundraising campaign, they exceeded that goal by nearly $40,000.

In the campaign that ran from September 2013 through March 31, the United Way Alliance raised $769,466.

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

Now, the extra effort by donors to dig deep into pockets in order to help others will mean the United Way Alliance can do more good for organizations that have requested money for the coming year. Groups ranging from volunteer fire departments to the Humane Society of Parkersburg and the Women’s Care Center will put to good use the money you gave. According to Gnage, 99 cents of every dollar given will stay right here in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Having just done so much to help, residents and businesses in the area know all too well the need never stops.

“It’s never too late to contribute,” Gnage said. And it will not be long at all before the 2015 campaign is under way.

So while agencies across the Mid-Ohio Valley are grateful for the generosity demonstrated in this fundraising campaign, they must also be heartened to know the drumbeat of that generosity goes on, and the good people of the Mid-Ohio Valley will continue to go above and beyond to help. Thank you.