The Times West Virginian

December 5, 2013

United Way’s success string can continue with county’s generosity

Times West Virginian

— 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.