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The campaigns of the United Ways that serve our region are quickly nearing their ends, which means there’s a final push under way to help ensure this year’s goals are met.

The United Way of Jefferson County has received pledges totaling around 80 percent of its goal of $440,000, while pledges to the Weirton United Way stand at more than 75 percent of its goal of $260,000. Volunteers with the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, which serves Brooke County, are continuing their efforts to meet a goal of $808,000.

Money donated to local United Ways helps our region in many different ways. Agencies that partner with the United Way of Jefferson County include Hope 68, which provides children with food during weekends and holidays when school is not in session as a way to help ensure their nutritional needs are met; the Jefferson County Fourth Street Health Center, which offers access to quality health care for individuals in Jefferson County who are uninsured or underinsured; and A.L.I.V.E., which provides shelter, support and advocacy to all victims of domestic violence.

Agencies helped by the Weirton United Way include C.H.A.N.G.E. Inc., which encourages the integration of services, the building of partnerships and the pulling of resources to empower families; the Dunbar Recreation Center, which provides activities that target all ages and assists individual families in need; and the Hancock County Sheltered Workshop, which provides employment for individuals with mental or physical disabilities who operate a full-service, commercial laundry for area businesses.

Area residents support their local United Ways in many ways. Some individuals have made a one-time donation; others have a set amount taken from each paycheck; some have participated in an event, like a motorcycle pledge ride or the annual Taste of Jefferson County; and some have donated their time and talents to help with office work.

There are still fundraising events on the United Way schedule. The Weirton United Way will hold its fifth-annual Big Game Eve Tailgate Party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Feb. 6 at the Serbian-American Cultural Center. The United Way of Jefferson County, meanwhile, will hold its second United Love at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 at Hellenic Hall inside Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

Attending one, or both, of these events is a chance to enjoy an evening out while helping others in our community. For information, or to purchase tickets, the United Way of Jefferson County can be contacted by calling (740) 284-9000, while the Weirton United Way can be contacted at (304) 748-7213.

If you have already given to a United Way campaign, we say thank you, and remind you that your gift will help to make our region a better place to live. If you have not yet made your pledge, we remind you that your donation is needed and will be very much appreciated.

It’s an easy way to stand up for your friends and neighbors.