Thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of Southpointe businesses and their employees, the 2017-18 United Way Campaign is coming into its final stretch, promising a strong finish. At this point, United Way’s Campaign total is behind where it was at the same point last year, but employee campaign coordinators have been hard at work contacting colleagues, soliciting prizes, lining up incentives and engaging management and coworkers in a variety of events and activities aimed at increasing awareness of United Way’s important work in Washington County, and hopefully increasing Campaign totals at the same time.
Once a business has been introduced to United Way and they understand that United Way doesn’t just raise funds and distribute them to deserving local charities, they more fully understand exactly what United Way’s mission is and what it stands for. United Way has adopted financial stability, health and education as our three focus areas. After carefully assessing the unmet needs in Washington County, with the help of community stakeholders over the course of a nine-month process, we realized that to have the most impact in the lives of people in Washington County, we must invest the hard-earned money entrusted to us by our contributors in programs and services that address community needs in those three focus areas.
That’s what United Way stands for in our community. We research and identify community needs and then seek out programs and services that are best equipped to tackle those problems. School readiness through Head Start and early Head Start programs, after school programs at The Lemoyne Community Center, homework help aimed at improving graduation rates, financial literacy programs conducted by Blue Prints, shelter for the homeless at the City Mission, the Family Shelter and Crossing Pointe and for people fleeing domestic violence situations, dental care for children with Cornerstone Care’s mobile dental unit, advocacy for abused and neglected children with CASA volunteers, Catholic Charities’ counseling and basic needs assistance, programs for children with disabilities at ARC and the Children’s Therapy Center and legal representation through Legal Aid are among the issues United Way is addressing locally in our focus areas during our 2017-2019 Community Impact Grants cycle.
Conducting United Way Campaigns has brought some friendly competition to Southpointe companies, with Mylan, Columbia Gas and Range Resources juggling for the top spots among Southpointe companies. Williams Energy, CDMG, AccuTrex, Bowles Rice, EQT, Community Bank, WesBanco and PNC also conduct very successful United Way Campaigns and show great support throughout the year with sponsorships, employee volunteers and special events. Businesses, just like individual contributors, find it convenient and efficient that their one contribution to United Way supports most of the trusted local charities and the 27 local programs they are providing for people in our community.
In order to meet our financial commitments for the second year of the Community Impact Grants cycle, United Way needs your help. It’s a great way to show your support for this community with one contribution that can benefit so many.
If your company or firm is interested in supporting United Way with a campaign or a contribution, please contact me at 724-225-3310 or at Barbara@unitedwaywashco.org. We can assure you that your contribution will be put to great use in Washington County and will benefit hundreds of people in need.