Live United in Weirton

The Weirton United Way’s 2013 campaign officially gets under way this week, and, as we always do, we are encouraging our community to make every effort it can to show its support.

There will be many events taking place in the coming months, all with the goal of raising money toward the campaign. Several activities already have taken place, with much success, but there is still a long way to go and much work to be done.

This year’s campaign is focused on raising $260,000 for the United Way’s member agencies, which are the American Red Cross; Boys and Girls Club of Weirton; CHANGE, Inc.; Community Bread Basket; Dunbar Recreation Center; Hancock Brooke, Ohio Retired and Senior Volunteer Program; Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council; Hancock County Sheltered Workshop; Hancock County 4-H; Mary H. Weir Public Library; Salvation Army – Weirton Corps.; the Weirton Christian Center; and the Weirton Medical Center Foundation.

The United Way is kicking off the campaign this week with several events to celebrate the member agencies and those who give of themselves to keep the campaign going. They include a campaign committee luncheon today and a walk-a-thon at Weir High School Friday.

We wish the Weirton United Way well in its endeavors with the campaign, especially Campaign Chair Don Gianni Jr. and Campaign Vice Chair Michael Hagg.

We also encourage our residents to find some way to give to this year’s campaign. It doesn’t have to be a large contribution. In fact, it can be something as simple as giving your time and encouraging others to donate.

Every dollar, every effort will make a difference in this campaign and in the lives of those affected by the member agencies.

Weirton has always found a way to come together during the difficult times, and those times are still here.

By working together, as residents, as neighbors, as a community, we can all find a way to make a difference and to make sure these programs, which benefit so many of our residents, are able to continue for a long time to come.