Upper Ohio Valley United Way goal set

WHEELING – The 2013-2014 Campaign Cabinet for the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley has set its goal at $777,777.

Jim Rock of Axiall, campaign chair; and Kristie Barnett of WesBanco, campaign vice chair, announced the goal during the cabinet’s first meeting.

“The previous campaign totalled $758,612, so we believe that our goal of $777,777 is a realistic target that we can achieve and exceed,” Rock said.

Based in Wheeling, the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley merged with the Brooke County United Way several years ago and supports many nonprofit organizations that serve Brooke County. They include the Brooke County Committee on Aging, which oversees the Brooke County Senior Center; Brooke County Public Library, Weirton and Wellsburg Salvation Army and Healthways.

During the meeting P.J. Reindel, director of Catholic Charities 18th Street Neighborhood Center and United Way agency liaison to its board of directors discussed what the United Way’s support means to the 30 member agencies.

He also outlined how his agency serves its clients.

“Now multiply all that work times 30, and you get an idea of how much the United Way agencies serve our community,” Rock told the cabinet.

Rock served as the campaign vice chair during the 2012-2013 campaign. Barnett served on the cabinet in past campaigns, and as vice chair this year, will be prepared to assume the chair’s post in the 2014-2015 campaign.

The cabinet members will work with volunteers within their divisions to distribute campaign materials to area businesses and industries and to help with company campaigns.

Also volunteering on the cabinet with Rock and Barnett in the following areas are: major firms, Dan Moyer of American Electric Power Kammer Mitchell Plant and Jacque Bland of Chesapeake Energy; local business: Mark Maguire of WesBanco; public service: Jeffrey B. Knierim of West Liberty University; special accounts: Stuart F. Bloch of Hazlett, Burt & Watson; professional: Bradley K. Shafer of Swartz Campbell LLC and Daniel Young of Edward Jones Investments; Brooke County: Mary K. DeGarmo and Steve Roberts of Eagle Manufacturing; community development Dave Palmer; past chair, Judy Riesbeck Wright of Riesbeck Food Markets, Inc.

The campaign will officially begin during the Day of Caring, Sept. 11, at WesBanco Arena.

During the Day of Caring, area businesses show their support of the United Way by allowing designated employees to serve at various United Way agencies instead of reporting to work.

United Way leaders said the tasks performed change from year to year based on the needs of the agencies. The non-profit agency receives much needed help and the volunteers receive the feeling of making a difference in the lives of others.

Those interested in participating should call (304) 232-4625 for information.

For information on conducting a United Way campaign, or to make a donation, individuals may call the above number or visit www.unitedwayuov.org.