Jefferson United Way launches planning

The Jefferson Society segment of the United Way of Jefferson County recently met in the boardroom at the new United Way headquarters, located at 511 North Fourth St., Steubenville.

The purpose of the meeting was to begin planning for the 2014 campaign year.

The Jefferson Society is comprised of the leadership donors of the United Way Campaign and for the 2013 Campaign, they raised $196,581.55 of the campaign grand total which was $445,225.69. The Jefferson Society exceeded its goal, coming in at 107%.

The United Way of Jefferson County funds 19 member agencies and programs. They are proud of the fact that the money that is raised locally stays in the local area.

A new phase that was added to the United Way of Jefferson County this spring was the “2-1-1” free and confidential information and referral system, linking persons in need of information, to a variety of assistance agencies, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. This system is a priceless asset for persons in need of emergency assistance. It also relieves the financial burden and stress on a number of our local help agencies.

“It is our hope that our friends who belong to the Jefferson Society will continue their generous and faithful support,” states Anita Jackson, the Chair of the Jefferson Society for the past eight years, “It is extremely rewarding to witness such a wave of generosity that continues year after year among our leadership donors,” she concluded.

The Society will hold their annual “thank you” gathering at the home of Derek and Lisa Ferguson on Sept. 5. The event that is titled “Jazz In The Garden,” will feature the music of Dr. Francis Sunseri and his band.