The Weirton United Way is ready to face its next challenge and an exciting year as it gears up for the 2012 campaign.
That excitement was apparent Tuesday as United Way officials, volunteers and representatives of its member agencies gathered for the organization's annual meeting.
While the campaign won't officially get under way until September, there are many fundraisers and other events planned throughout the year to get things started.
These events, including the annual Golf Classic and the United Way Fashion Show, are always big hits and we know the same will be true this year.
We thank John Greco and Don Gianni Jr. for stepping up to serve the United Way and the community this year as the campaign chair and vice chair respectively.
Running a campaign such as this is no small feat. There will be a great deal of work involved to reach the organization's goal and, as always, we encourage our residents to show their support and help out any way they can.
The leaders and volunteers of the Weirton United Way are a determined and dedicated group of people who do not stop until their goal is met or surpassed; whether it is by several thousand dollars or just a few. That has been seen, in particular, in recent years as campaigns have been extended to meet the mark.
They understand the importance of their work and push themselves farther each year, knowing what they do helps thousands of residents.
We are all facing difficulties, but at the same time must remember how important the work of the United Way is. Without it, many of our local agencies and programs would have to go without, and would be unable to lend their aid to those in our community who need it the most.
That need has been increasing and agencies have seen the number of those seeking assistance increasing and changing. This is forcing the United Way to also change and evolve in the way it works to meet its goals.
This change is no longer a choice. It has become a necessity.
United Way Board President John Frankovitch said it best when declaring "The community requires that. The need requires that."
This is a change the community must get behind, and we hope to see as much support as possible in the year ahead.