Maybe your kids participate in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts.
Or maybe you know someone who’s now a better reader thanks to services offered by the Literacy Volunteers.
Or maybe you’ve spent some time as a Big Brother or Big Sister, helping make an impact on the youth of Marion County.
If you have, you’ve seen the positive effects these agencies have in our area.
And you’re probably as delighted as we are that the United Way, which provides funding to these agencies and numerous others like them, has exceeded its fundraising goal of $455,000 this year.
It’s the largest campaign goal the United Way has ever set, and executive director Tiffany Samuels commended local residents and organizations for their outpouring of donations.
“I am absolutely speechless and can’t come up with the words to thank Marion County for helping those in need,” Samuels said after last week’s announcement. “The fact that we’ve reached it in February is phenomenal.”
That phenomenal effort will certainly be put to good use.
The money raised will help the following agencies: American Red Cross, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America, Child Advocacy Center, CASA, CCC (Criss Cross), Family Services, Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, HOPE Inc., Literacy Volunteers, Mannington Food Pantry, Marion County Family Resource Network, Marion County Senior Center, Milan Puskar Health Right, Scott Place Shelter, Sobrania Soup Opera, Disability Action Center, Connecting Link, Salvation Army, Stepping Stone and YWCA.
Dr. Doreen and Len Larson also deserve credit for the “phenomenal” feat. As co-chairs of this year’s campaign, they pushed for a higher goal from the beginning.
“Dr. Larson and Len went on full attack mode,” Samuels said. “They said, ‘No, we can do better. We must set the goal to exceed expectations,’ and hence the goal was set at $455,000.”
The Larsons’ commitment to the campaign — and the fact that they hit the ground running when it started — was a key to such an incredible feat being accomplished.
But they couldn’t do it alone, and the couple thanked several businesses and residents for their generosity in another successful campaign.
But isn’t that the true spirit of the United Way shining through? After all, the organization’s mission is “building the community by helping people care for one another.”
With more than $455,000 raised — and money still coming in — people in Marion County have helped the United Way fulfill that goal in more ways than one.
Maybe your kids participate in Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts.
‘Pothole blitz’ badly needed service coming in West Virginia
Hopefully, the heavy snow and extremely cold weather of January, February and early March are in the past.
Remnants of the harsh winter, though, remain. They’re faced each day by the state’s drivers.
Potholes have West Virginia’s roads in their worst condition in years, and the damaging freeze-thaw cycle is not over.
‘The issues are complicated’ with e-cigarettes
E-cigarettes have been around for about seven years.
But you’d be shocked at how long the idea for the the tobacco-less product has been around.
“A primitive, battery-operated ‘smokeless non-tobacco cigarette’ was patented as early as 1963 and described in Popular Mechanics in 1965,” Megan McArdle wrote for Business Week last monty.
Coal industry can’t afford to give this administration and EPA more ammunition
Coal already has a bad name in Washington, D.C.
The whole industry got another black eye this week when Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country’s largest coal producers, agreed to pay a $27.5 million fine and invest $200 million to reduce illegal water pollution in five states, including West Virginia.
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.
‘Stop Meth, Not Meds’ backed by readers
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.
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