Day of Caring

THE UNITED Way of the Upper Ohio Valley is the lifeblood of many area non-profit agencies. Without the funding generated by the annual United Way campaign, some of those charitable organizations would cease to exist.

Should that occur, thousands of in-need Ohio Valley residents would be extremely hard-pressed to realize the basic essentials of life.

Non-profit agencies throughout the Ohio Valley benefit from the United Way campaign. Some more than others, but all utilize the funding award to help those who desperately need it.

The United Way will hold its annual Day of Caring Wednesday. It is the official kickoff of the United Way’s 2013-14 fundraising campaign. It is also a day for local residents to step up and do what they can to support a worthwhile cause, as The Day of Caring helps agencies get needed jobs done while saving money in the process.

With the current state of the economy, raising money is no easy undertaking.

A campaign goal of $777,777 has been established for this year.

That amount would serve Belmont, Monroe, Ohio, Marshall, Brooke, Tyler and Wetzel counties. All told, some 30 agencies are affiliated with the United Way campaign.

Even with the uphill battle United Way officials are facing, we have faith in the Ohio Valley. Caring and generosity are synonymous with the area. Stepping up in time of need to help our neighbors is what the Ohio Valley is all about.

Jim Rock of Axiall is this year’s campaign chair, while Kristie Barnett of WesBanco is campaign vice chairwoman.

We urge all those with the ability to volunteer their services Wednesday to do just that. Those wishing to do so, should call 304-232-4625.

For those unable to work that day, a monetary contribution would suffice.