Area United Ways need your support

We sometimes forget that each of us has at our disposal a very easy way to lend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors.

Simply by making a donation to one of the United Ways that serve our region, you can make a big difference in the lives of residents around the Tri-State Area. Their campaigns are nearing the end, which means volunteers will be making a final push to ensure their goals are achieved.

We recently learned that the Weirton United Way had received pledges of more than $246,226.98, surpassing its goal of $240,000. That’s important, because it ensures the agencies that receive money from the United Way will be able to continue their missions of providing much-needed services to the community.

Helping to make that happen was a team headed by campaign Chair Luke Myers, co-chair Chris Hatala, board President Don Gianni and Executive Director Linda Stear.

Pledges to the United Way of Jefferson County, meanwhile, continue to move closer to the goal of $400,000. Those efforts are being led by campaign Chairs Tom and Tyra Timmons, board President Ted Gorman and Executive Director Kate Sedgmer. Sedgmer said last week that pledges are coming in pretty well.

Money donated to the United Ways, including the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, which serves Brooke County, helps our communities in many ways. The agencies they support ensure the less-fortunate among us have a place to turn to for food.

They help others heat their homes and make sure the uninsured and underinsured have a place to turn for medical assistance. They offer shelter, support and advocacy to victims of domestic violence.

Residents show their support for the United Way in many ways. Some make a one-time donation, others have arranged to have a set amount taken from each paycheck and many have participated in a special event like the annual Taste of the County presented by the United Way of Jefferson County or the Weirton United Way’s Big Game Eve Tailgate Party.

No matter how you choose to participate, know that money raised by local United Ways stays in the communities they serve.

If you’ve already made a donation to a local campaign, we say thank you. If you have not yet made a pledge, we say that your donation is very much needed and will be very much appreciated.

It’s a very simple way to show your support for your friends and neighbors.