The Weirton United Way currently stands at 51 percent of its goal for the 2013 campaign. That's great news to hear, but it also shows there is a long way to go before reaching the $260,000 goal.
We urge our community to show their support whenever they have the chance in the coming months. The Weirton United Way is the Weirton community's principal public charity, supporting several local and regional non-profit agencies which work throughout the year to provide for the less fortunate of our area. Several events already have been held, but there will be many more in the weeks and months ahead.
As we always do, we encourage our residents, if they are able, to find some way to help, whether it be a financial donation or by giving their time.
This year's campaign will benefit 13 area agencies, including the American Red Cross; Boys & Girls Club of Weirton; C.H.A.N.G.E., Inc.; Community Bread Basket; Dunbar Recreation Center; Hancock, Brooke, Ohio Retired & 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.; Weirton Christian Center and Weirton Medical Center Foundation.
Without the support of the Weirton United Way, many of the programs offered by these agencies would be unavailable to our community. Groups like the Salvation Army and Community Bread Basket would have less support to provide food, clothing and other items to those in need. The Boys and Girls Club of Weirton would be unable to provide some of its after-school programs for our youth. The Mary H. Weir Public Library might not be able to provide some of its literacy and adult education programs. The list could continue, and the number of people affected would be innumerable.
The campaign is still in its early stages, so there is still time to show your support. Step forward, unite for this worthy cause and help those in need in our community.