One hundred and five thousand dollars.
That’s how much the United Way needs to reach its 2013-14 goal.
That goal is $425,000. And it’s a goal that has been topped only once here in Marion County. A total of $320,000 has been collected thus far, and that figure is impressive.
It shows the United Way volunteers have been doing their usual great job at a time of year when it seems just about everybody is attempting to raise money. And that is nothing new. That’s just the fact of life as Christmas draws near.
There are several things going on this weekend that could boost that total significantly.
A telephone blitz is planned for this morning — one that should contact many residents as well as businesses that have not contributed to the United Way this year.
The Oldies Dance is scheduled tomorrow evening, and this event brings out many people each year. Tickets may be purchased at the United Way office today and tomorrow and at the Fairmont Elks Lodge, the site of the dance.
“The Taste of Marion County” will be going on during the dance, and based on past experience, this has proven very popular. We trust you will keep that on your calendar for Friday night.
Another event that has grown more popular with each passing year is the Celebration of Lights at Morris Park. That’s being held each weekend during December. The light displays have grown and improved each year, as those people who have seen them already can tell you.
And remember, the United Way supports 22 Marion County agencies. There are few people in the county who haven’t used at least one and in many cases more of these agencies.
They touch all walks of life. That is what makes the United Way so special.
The United Way is people helping people. And the money does not have to be paid until December of next year.
There are several payment options — bill me (monthly, quarterly, etc.), credit cards, automatic debit from your bank account, as well as checks or cash.
Marion County has a good success string going in its United Way campaigns. We feel confident that this string will be continued this year with the generous cooperation of Marion County residents.
One hundred and five thousand dollars.
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Coal already has a bad name in Washington, D.C.
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Being observant, reporting suspicions can make difference for hurting children
If a child is hurting, we wouldn’t hesitate to help.
Or would we?
In a five-year span, 22,830 children were victims of some type of neglect or abuse in West Virginia. That’s an overwhelming number to think about.
Gee makes major impact and earns another term as WVU president
Let’s imagine that a graduate from West Virginia University in the early 1980s, when E. Gordon Gee was president, came back to get an extra degree now and couldn’t believe that E. Gordon Gee is “still” the president of WVU.
Effort to encourage purchase of goods produced in U.S. deserves support
The concept of encouraging the purchase of American-made products is certainly not new.
On the federal level, the Buy American Act was passed in 1933 by Congress and signed by President Herbert Hoover. It required the United States government to prefer U.S.-made products in its purchases.
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In West Virginia, there is something referred to as “stop-sale technology” that prevents a person from going to more than one pharmacy to purchase over-the-counter medication that contains the active ingredient pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant.
It’s not an issue of stuffy noses that lawmakers were worried about when they created the system.
Even small steps play part in critical mission to reduce childhood obesity
Just two years ago, more than one-third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese, meaning they had excess body weight based on their height.
It’s a troubling statistic, and one that health officials have worked diligently to reverse.
Cutting-edge heart procedure at Mon General is saving lives
“I used to think I wouldn’t live to be 50. Well, I made it to 50 and then some,” Pearl Walls said.
Walls is likely alive today and able to tell her story to the Times West Virginian because of a cutting-edge procedure performed at Monongalia General Hospital — a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), which was only approved for use by the FDA in 2011.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ many works, magic words
You know his words.
You know them well.
Funds donated to United Way make community healthier, happier, safer place
A dollar you give to the United Way of Marion County could feed a hungry family.
That dollar could protect a woman and her children from an abuser.
Or the dollar could mean that a family receives credit counseling to lift them out of overwhelming debt.
It could fund Scouting programs, where boys and girls learn lifelong lessons.
Project Launchpad puts critical concept of diversifying state economy into play
The case for diversifying the state of West Virginia’s economy is past the point of debate.
While it is our hope that coal can continue to have a role in our nation’s power-generating matrix, we’ve learned our lesson about over-dependence on a single industry. Particularly being overly dependent on an industry that, in the eyes of federal regulators, is out of fashion.
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