The Times West Virginian

December 22, 2013

United Way pushing toward goal

‘Definitely needed by our agencies’

By Emily Gallagher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Trying to reach a goal can be difficult.

Volunteers with the United Way of Marion County know how that feels.

Rosemary Phillips, co-chair of this year’s UWMC campaign, said the deadline is getting closer and closer every day to reach the goal, and this year’s campaign is roughly 85 to 90 percent accomplished.

“We’re in sort of a blitz to try and get the goal of $425,000,” she said. “It’s been a tough year.”

Phillips said she knows it’s been a tough year due to layoffs and the economy.

“There’s been a broad spectrum of unforeseeable situations for people that they have not had in the past,” she said.

The UWMC provides funding to several organizations in the area, and Phillips said each year there is more and more of a need.

“The need in this area is so much greater,” she said. “People who are feeding others are feeding almost double than what they were last year. It’s just really difficult.”

Phillips said what they want residents to understand is that the UWMC campaign is running under the goal, and that they did reduce the goal to $425,000 this year.

“We anticipated a decrease in donations this year, but we would really like to encourage people who have not donated to donate,” she said.

The deadline for donations and pledges is Dec. 31. As of Dec. 16, the total is $362,600.

“It is definitely needed by our agencies,” Phillips said. “Our 22 agencies provide the basics such as shelter, food, clothing and medicine.”

With winter beginning, Phillips said there more of a need for these basic items.

“The need just doubles in most places this time of year,” she said.

The theme of this year’s campaign is Show You Care.

“Through caring and sharing you’re able to help your neighbor who may be in an unfortunate situation,” Phillips said. “In reality, we’re all just one paycheck away from being in the same situation.”

Phillips said one way someone can donate is by attending the Celebration of Lights at Morris Park, which will run 5 to 9 p.m. every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until Dec. 29. She said that those who make a pledge now do not have to finish paying the pledge until December 2014.

“We would like for the people in the community to show that they really care for their fellow neighbors,” she said.

Contact the United Way of Marion County at 304-366-4550.

Email Emily Gallagher at egallagher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @EGallagherTWV.