Posted 05/05/20 by Jessica Rine
What does the United Way do? We connect the community through giving and that is why we are CELEBRATING Giving Tuesday May 5, 2020!
On Giving Tuesday, we are launching a unique way of giving called Spare Change. We would be so grateful if you sign up to round up your purchases for Spare Change for this community! If you make a $22.75 purchase, it gets rounded up to $23.00 and that extra 25 cents goes to the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.
We have always said that every penny makes a difference!
You can also join us in raising awareness and funds by donating and creating a simple page of your own. All of the information is available at this link:
About the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley:
The United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the upper Ohio Valley. We do that by raising funding from generous donors and targeting the toughest issues facing our community. We directly support over 40 programs within 24 non-profit agencies. While the donor volunteers’ panels decide the allocations amount for each program, the United Way office does the backend work to make sure our donors’ dollars are being spent appropriately. We require monthly and quarterly reports to find out not only how the money was spent, but what the impact and outcome was of that donation. Meantime, we are traveling throughout our coverage area (Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel and Tyler counties in WV and Belmont County, OH) speaking about the social service resources available and how the United Way can be used as a community’s giving plan. We run employee campaigns among small and large companies, connecting employees with the community through giving.
Our reach goes beyond those 24 agencies due to the work of our Community Impact grant writer, Tina Morris. Ms. Morris is available to meet with any 501c3 that is looking for grant writing or grand finding support. She has secured over 16 million dollars in funding for United Way and non-United Way agencies. Ms. Morris is excellent at bringing agencies together for collaboration opportunities to make sure big issues are being addressed by all experts in that particular field.
The United Way has five rather large fundraisers throughout the year that bring the community together while helping to cover some of the allocation and overhead expenses. Additionally, we run the back to school shoe program – Lace up for Kids, administer the Christmas project – Operation Toy Lift, and we host the largest volunteer event in the upper Ohio Valley – Day of Caring.
The United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley knows this community. We seek out community minded businesses and people, connect their resources with the tough issues our neighbors face, and track the outcomes as they help thousands of families year after year.