United Ways help area residents

The United Ways that serve our region have started their campaigns, and they are depending on area residents to continue their missions of helping others.

Each local United Way offers important support by helping to provide funding and resources to programs and agencies that might not be able to function otherwise.

The United Way of Jefferson County, for instance, is well on its way to meeting its goal of $440,000. More than a hundred volunteers from all walks of life turned out Sept. 26 to participate in the annual Day of Caring. Those volunteers completed projects in all corners of Jefferson County, showing that a major difference can be made by people who are willing to work together.

The organization’s annual much-anticipated Taste of Jefferson County will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Florian Hall in Wintersville. Tickets for the event, which will carry the theme Gems and Jeans, are still available.

Anthony Mougianis once again is serving as campaign chair. He and Executive Director Beth Rupert-Warren are directing a corps of loyal and capable volunteers who have been canvassing our area, looking for support from area residents and businesses.

The Weirton United Way, meanwhile, has set a campaign goal of $260,000. The organization held a successful school walk-a-thon on Sept. 27, which attracted more than 2,200 pupils from Weirton-area public schools. Don Gianni Jr. is the chair, and Michael Hagg is the co-chair of this year’s campaign. They and Executive Director Kristin Bowman-Cross are working hard to direct volunteers from all parts of the Northern Panhandle.

The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, which serves agencies in Brooke County, has set a campaign goal of $777,777 and has many events and activities planned for the coming months. Executive Director George Smoulder and campaign chair Jim Rock and co-chair Kristie Barnett are directing that campaign.

Area United Ways serve many agencies that help improve the lives of others. Some help provide food for those who are hungry, some work to provide shelter to the homeless, some work to improve the lives of children, some work to offer shelter from violence.

A donation as small as $1 each week can have a great impact on the lives of your friends and neighbors. If it’s not possible for help financially, the gift of your time and talents will always be appreciated.

We ask that you make it a point to support your local United Way and help to make a difference in the lives of many area residents.