Area UW campaign halfway to its goal

WHEELING – Leaders of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley have announced the organization is approaching the half-way point to its 2013-14 goal, thanks to the support of many.

At a meeting of the campaign’s cabinet members, Jim Rock, campaign chair, and Kristie Barnett, vice chair, said they are pleased to have reached $328,703, about 42 percent of the $777,777 goal.

But they said now is the time for potential donors to join the effort.

“When you consider that 99 cents of each dollar donated stays right here in the Upper Ohio Valley, that means that donations are able to improve the quality of life here by meeting basic needs, improving health and education,” Rock said.

In January, the group’s volunteer allocation panels will meet with the United Way member agencies to determine how the campaign proceeds will be granted to each United Way agency.

Agencies supported by the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley include the Ohio River Valley Council of Boy Scouts of America; Brooke County Committee on Aging, which oversees the Brooke County Senior Center; Catholic Charities West Virginia; and the Brooke and Hancock County Salvation Army.

Division totals reported by cabinet members are major firms I, $78,909, or 33.5 percent of the goal; local businesses, $124,078, or 54 percent of the goal; public service, $23,453, or 36 percent of the goal; special accounts, $29,696, or 42 percent of the goal; professional, $9,638, or 32 percent of the goal; and community development, $7,139, or 20 percent of the goal; Brooke County, $13,789, or 55 percent of the goal; special events, $34.022, or 58 percent of the goal.

For information on conducting a workplace campaign, or to make a donation to the United Way, contact the organization at 51 11th St., Wheeling, WV 26003 or call (304) 232-4625. Information also can be found at