The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

December 26, 2013

United Way at 68 percent of campaign goal


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HERMITAGE — At a recent board meeting, United Way announced that fundraising has reached  $679,050 or 68 percent of the goal.

Campaign volunteers from Greenville Area and Mercer Area school districts have been leading the effort, United Way said in a news release.

The fund drive also has received generous corporate donations by CN, Bill McCandless Ford, First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Mercer County Bar Association and UPMC Horizon hospitals in Greenville and Farrell.

Local donations also have been received from the Anderson Family Foundation, Eva C. Lindsey Foundation, Kirila Family Fund, Strimbu Memorial Foundation, and the T. James Kavanagh Foundation, the new release said.  

Donations benefit 27 non-profit agencies in our communities. Last year alone, donors’ generosity enabled United Way to help more than 42,000 individuals in need.

UWMC is also working on other initiatives to improve lives in our communities, including:

ä Poverty Reduction, a program development tool that creates an issues-based United Way.

ä 2-1-1 Helpline, a toll-free call center staffed with specially trained resource navigators who provide referrals for issues like foreclosure, loss of utilities, and problems feeding their family, to name a few. This service is especially helpful for senior citizens in need.

ä Success By 6, which was expanded by three classrooms this year, two in public school districts, and one at the Children’s Center of Mercer County, specifically for students with special needs.   

ä Stamp Out Stigma, a collaboration between United Way of Mercer County and area health care and social service providers, to educate the public about mental illness. Despite 90 percent of mental health issues being highly treatable, only 30 percent of those with behavioral disorders seek treatment.  

ä The FamilyWize Prescription Discount Program, where uninsured individuals save from 10 percent to 70 percent on prescription drugs.

Every contribution stays local providing lasting change and a brighter future for children, families and individuals in our community.

Followup phone calls and solicitations are being made to all businesses and individuals that pledged last year but have not pledged yet this year.

Donors may call the United Way office at 724-981-1884 with their pledge amount, fax their pledge card to 724-981-4838, or mail their card to United Way of Mercer County’s office at 493 S. Hermitage Road, Hermitage, PA 16148.

Donations received before Dec. 31 will meet the deadline for tax-deductible charitable contributions in 2013.