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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Fundraising During a Pandemic

fundraising during pandemic

Jess Rine – Executive Director of the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley If you would have told me in 2019 that in 2020, there would be a toilet paper shortage, everyone would be wearing masks, and people would finally be washing their hands religiously, I wouldn’t have believed it.  And those aren’t even the strangest things that have happened …

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