United Way eyes allocations

WHEELING – With the 2013-2014 Campaign for the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley nearing its completion, the process has begun to distribute the campaign funds to the United Way agencies.

The all-volunteer Allocation Panels recently attended their orientation session at the Riesbeck Food Markets corporate headquarters in St. Clairsville, where they received their instructions for visiting their assigned agencies. The panels plan to conduct their agency visits the week of Feb. 3, weather permitting.

The five Allocation Panels, made up of the largest number of volunteers taking part in recent years, will meet with the directors and staff of their assigned agencies to discuss the agencies’ allocation requests.

Once the visits are complete, each panel will make funding recommendations to the respective panel co-chairs. The Allocation Panel co-chairs will meet with the three volunteer Allocation Panel executive co-chairs to develop a final funding recommendation to the United Way Board of Directors.

The goal for the campaign is $777,777, with recent results totalling 75 percent of that amount.

Bill Wagner of WesBanco, one of the three Allocation Panel executive co-chairs, told the group that “you’ll have to make some hard choices,” in recommending how the campaign funds are distributed. “But during your agency visits you’ll get to see what the agencies are doing ‘out in the trenches.’ You’ll see how they stretch the dollars they receive in many ways.”

Wheeling attorney Jeff McCamic reminded the group “the United Way functions largely with volunteers. You’ll see the agencies doing this, as well.”

During the orientation, Patti Fast of the Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley, president of the United Way Board of Directors, welcomed the group and thanked them for donating their time to the effort.

George Smoulder, United Way executive director, also thanked the panel members, but also thanked their employers for enabling them to spend time on the allocation sessions. He extended thanks to Riesbeck Markets for hosting the orientation.

Smoulder told the volunteers that “we look at this process as a partnership between us and our agencies.”

He told the group that their work would have an impact on the Upper Ohio Valley, in the same manner that the agencies’ work impacts the lives of those they serve.

“You have a big task ahead of you, and I thank you for agreeing to do it,” he said.

The Allocation Panels and their assigned agencies are:

Panel A Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center; Seeing Hand Association; Information Helpline; Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council;

Panel B Family Services of the Upper Ohio Valley; Salvation Army, Wellsburg; Brooke County Committee on Aging; Brooke County Library;

Panel C Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Upper Ohio Valley; YWCA; Sexual Assault Help Center; Salvation Army, Belmont County;

Panel D Russell Nesbitt; WATCH; Wheeling Health Right; Salvation Army Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties;

Panel E Chambers YMCA; Harmony House; American Red Cross; Salvation Army, Wheeling.

The panels, and their members, are as follows:

Panel A Pam Loges of Riesbeck Food Markets and Jodi Zusack of Enterprise Rent A Car, co-chairs; Sharon West DaRe, American Electric Power; Whitney Deemer, The Citizens Savings Bank; Jill Wiley, City of Wheeling; Paula J. Zavacky, Walmart 2199; Chuck George, American Electric Power Cardinal Plant; Jack Poling, Hampton Inn Wheeling; Nick Kadylak, Hazlett, Burt and Watson; and Kathleen McDermott, McKinley Carter Wealth Services.

Panel B Emily S. Fisher, CFRE, and Susie Nelson, Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley, co-chairs; Harry T. Slacum, Walmart the Highlands; Darcy Clark, Cabela’s Distribution Center; Mathew D. Matteson, Eagle Manufacturing Co.; Julia Bachmann, Ohio County Public Library; A. Lee Blundon, WesBanco; Eric Palmer, Ye Olde Alpha; Jamie Remp, WesBanco Trust; and Scott R. Stewart, Riesbeck’s Food Markets.

Panel C Carol Loew, the Cornerstone Group, and Debbie Romaine, Wheeling Hospital, co-chairs; Janet L. Hewitt, AEP; Dave Sipe, Riesbeck Food Markets; Brian Riesbeck, Riesbeck Food Markets; Robert Kulpa, Wheeling Jesuit University; Sheri Harvey, Belmont Community Hospital; Linda Hillgrove, Williams; and Mollie Neely, Williams.

Panel D George Krupica, Main Street Bank; Anna Mae Kuhayda, Northwood Health Systems, co-chairs; Christine Mitchell, Dominion; Lisa Mullin, Wheeling Chamber of commerce; Todd Cover, The Citizens Bank; Ryan Vitek, First Energy; Mark Sliter-Hays, Catholic Charities; Donald Stenger, AAA East Central; Michelle L. Poland, the Health Plan of the Upper Ohio Valley; and Jodi Blatt, Williams.

Panel E Patti Fast, The Health Plan, and Rodney Haley, Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, co-chairs; Haley Steed, Boscov’s Department Store; Jennifer Johnson, The Health Plan; Bryan Minor, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston; Cole Elliott, Reynolds Memorial Hospital; Carol A. Kinder, Eastern States Packaging Inc.; Christopher Lauderman, Steptoe and Johnson; Chris Villamagna, Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp.; Michelle Blake, Williams.

There still is time to conduct a United Way workplace campaign or make a donation.

Call the United Way office at (304) 232-4625 or contact the office at 51-11th St., Wheeling, WV 26003.