United Way Columbia Gas

Columbia Gas celebrates being the No. 1 campaign at the 2018 United Way Luncheon.

Fall is traditionally a busy time in Southpointe – that is especially true this fall. United Way of Washington County is hard at work kicking off its Annual Campaign throughout Southpointe at various business locations.

The Campaign for 2018-2019 kicked off at United Way’s Annual Golf Outing held in August at Lone Pine Country Club. Since then, United Way staff and volunteers have been coordinating with Employee Campaign Managers throughout Southpointe to ensure another successful Campaign year.

Campaigns here can be full-blown celebrations to more low-key electronic campaigns such as those held at smaller companies. An example of the former is the Campaign conducted by Columbia Gas of PA employees. Columbia was awarded the Chairman’s Award at United Way’s Annual Campaign Celebration and Awards luncheon held in May, for conducting Washington County’s No. 1 United Way Campaign. An amazing $163,144 was raised via employee contributions and special events. A kick-off breakfast, pot luck lunch, basket raffles, dessert cart, hot dog sale and contests have all been enjoyed by employees this September.

Range Resources, Inc. joined Columbia Gas at the top, raising $121,956 through employee contributions, special events, sponsorships and corporate contributions, garnering a second place Chairman’s Award at the luncheon.

Whatever their size or style of conducting United Way campaigns, all the participating Southpointe businesses have several things in common:

• They have a real commitment to this community and to improving conditions for people in Washington County.

• They trust United Way, much like they trust a stockbroker or investment manager, to fully vet each charity receiving funding to be sure their corporate dollars and the contributions of their employees are only invested in the most efficiently run charities, managed with the highest integrity and honesty.

• They offer the enthusiastic endorsement and generous support of their top management team, most of whom are Leadership Givers to United Way.

• They have committed Employee Campaign Managers, with committees that plan the campaign and all accompanying events and activities.

• They recognize the important work being funded locally by United Way at local charities.

• They understand that by supporting United Way they are directly supporting the 30 local programs and services currently receiving United Way funding.

Among the Washington County charities currently receiving United Way funding are Domestic Violence Services, Washington City Mission, Catholic Charities, CASA for Kids, Red Cross, ARC, Blueprints, Teen Outreach and the Lemoyne Center.

Each agency had to submit to a financial review, personal interviews and a detailed application process to show they are operated in an efficient and effective manner and are in the position to offer the appropriate services and programs that will help people in our community receive the vital services they need to develop life-long solutions to the social and health problems that undermine their well-being and prospects for a better future.

For information on how your business can become involved with the community through United Way, please visit our website at www.unitedwaywashco.org, or call me directly at 724-225-3310.

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