United Way Community Involvement & Chamber of Commerce

I’m a big believer in the benefit of the local chambers of commerce and I believe that they are a giant asset if you utilize them.  Our community involvement depends strongly on opportunity to network in each area.  Many of them give us the opportunity to present a little bit about the United Way and how we can help people …

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Allocations Panel Week

The last week in April, we will have one of our greatest weeks of the year: allocations panels week. More than 10 years ago, I was a volunteer on an allocations panel via the request of my boss. I was given the day off to go visit four nonprofit agencies. United Way provided a packet of information for each agency. …

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How does donating to United Way help my community?

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How does donating to United Way help my community? Of all the things you could spend your money on, after food and rent or mortgage, after clothes and toilet paper, even after spending a few bucks on the fun things in life, you still feel like your money could go further. Maybe you see suffering or struggle in your community …

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Connecting the Ohio Valley Community

graduated from West Liberty University in 2004, and I absolutely loved it. So any time to have an opportunity to be involved with the school, I jump at the chance. I spoke to a professor that asked me to speak to a business class and the topic could be anything important businesswise for students entering the workforce. I wondered what …

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Why Is Charitable Giving So Important?

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Charitable giving has been an integral part of American life for many years, with private citizens and companies donating money to people in their communities. While those communities may have changed over time, United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley remains the region’s leader in community assistance. It’s this sense of community that drives not only the United Way of …

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Donate to Charity For Christmas: Holiday Giving & Thank You

I’m excited to share that I had such a heartwarming surprise that made it well worth going to work in between Christmas and New Year’s this year.   I love Christmas cards and when I saw a pile of envelopes on my desk at work, I smiled assuming they were Christmas cards.  When I opened the first small card, the words …

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OLP Food Drive benefitting Catholic Charities by Jess Rine

OLP FOOD DRIVE BENEFITTING CATHOLIC CHARITIES BY JESS RINE

I had the pleasure of chaperoning my daughter, Miley, and her classmates from Our Lady of Peace a few weeks ago.  The whole school does a food drive and the 5th graders are the ones who get the task of taking the donation to the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center, followed by lunch at McDonald’s. The team work was great right …

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Allocations Panel Week Reflection

Allocations Reflection by Jess Rine Many people in this community tend to not see the needs of other community members and some of the stories can be a bit alarming.  Allocations Weeks is when those stories are told to our donors and volunteers.  Most issues sound like a problem only bigger cities are facing, yet here we are with community …

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“How are you holding up?”

“How are you guys holding up?” Since we can’t fundraise the way we are used to, I’ve had to find some new ways to encourage more donations. I have had a pretty fun time digging around our donor database system. Prior to this year, I knew enough to be dangerous. I could look up donations from years past and identify …

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Seeking Employment during a Pandemic

Written By: Madison Taylor Beginning to look for a job after graduation can be stressful enough… throwing a pandemic into the mix just adds to the difficulty of landing one. With lockdowns beginning in March when most students are in the thick of seeking out and applying for jobs, things became increasingly tricky as businesses switched to working remotely. Suddenly …

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