Area residents have a good reason to feel good about themselves today.
Their generosity and hard work have made the fundraising efforts of the United Way of Jefferson County a success.
The goal of this year's campaign was $430,000. Thanks to the work of a tireless corps of volunteers, that mark was eclipsed. It demonstrates once again that residents of our area continue to show the spirit of generosity and a willingness to help their friends and neighbors.
That's important, because the United Way helps to fund the efforts of 19 member agencies. Their missions may vary widely, but the organizations have a common goal - to help improve the lives of every resident in our area.
That support does not come as a surprise to anyone. In fact, the United Way of Jefferson County remains among a select group of United Ways across the country that consistently meet or exceed their goals. Meanwhile, across the Ohio River, the Weirton United Way is closing in on its goal of $280,000.
Officials with this year's campaign of the United Way of Jefferson County and many of the volunteers gathered Tuesday evening at Froehlich's Classic Corner in downtown Steubenville. They enjoyed a meal and the chance to meet with friends and neighbors. More important, they came together to celebrate the hard work that made this year's campaign a success. The event was a chance to honor the men, women and children who unselfishly gave of their time, talents and money to help others.
Much of the credit for the success of this year's campaign goes to the chairs, the husband-wife team of Dr. Thomas and Suzanne Brown.
They worked closely with Ross Gallabrese, president of the board of directors, and Nancy Grim, the executive director, as well as the countless volunteers to ensure the goal would be met.
Work already is under way on the next campaign, which will be chaired by Anthony Mougianis.
We could never begin to list the names of everyone who helped with this year's efforts, but to each and everyone who helped in any way, we offer a well-deserved "thank you."