The Times West Virginian

February 14, 2014

United Way meeting, celebration Tuesday

By Colleen S. Good
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — United Way will hold its annual meeting and celebration Tuesday. The celebration will be held at the Knights of Columbus at 4 p.m., and the public is invited to attend.

Rosemary Phillips, one of the co-chairs for the United Way campaign, said that anyone who wants to attend just needs to RSVP by calling the United Way of Marion County office at 304-366-4550.

The celebration will be recognizing the contributions the community has given to the United Way over the past year.

“We’ve had a good campaign,” Phillips said. “The people in Marion County have been very generous, and we really appreciate every contribution to the United Way.”

Phillips said that the first part of the meeting will be a business meeting to approve officers for the coming year.

But afterward, the United Way will present trophies to those who have helped during the campaign.

“We give trophies for a presidential award and a chairman award,” Phillips said. “They go to individuals in the community who have gone above and beyond in helping the United Way campaign.” There will also be small trophies given out to first-time “leadership givers,” or those who have contributed $500 or more for the first time.

“And then there’s a competition among the schools,” Phillips said. The competition is divided into elementary, middle and high school divisions, with trophies presented to the top schools.

“It’s been a tough year, but the people of Marion County have been very generous, and we appreciate it,” Phillips said.

Rosemary is co-chair of the campaign with her husband, Bill Phillips, and daughter, Christy Miller.

“It was a family affair,” Rosemary said.

The campaign goal this past year was $425,000.

Phillips said that the United Way takes donations year round.

“United Way accepts donations 12 months of the year,” Phillips said. “If somebody would like to make a donation, they can do it as a memorial to a loved one who passed away, or in lieu of buying a birthday present or anniversary present.”

“Mail them to the United Way office, or bring them in,” Phillips said.

Phillips said that the United Way supports 22 community organizations.

“It’s all a big, collaborative group. We all try to support each other,” Phillips said.

The organizations provide a variety of services, such as food, counseling and clothing.

“We really try to provide for the needs of those in our community who are less fortunate than we are because everyone is just a paycheck away from being in the same condition,” Phillips said.

Donations can be mailed to the United Way of Marion County at: 112 Adams Street, Room 205 Fairmont, West Virginia 26554.

Email Colleen S. Good at cgood@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @CSGoodTWV.