PAULDING – This year, the United Way of Paulding County (UWPC) set a campaign goal of $60,000. Approaching the final phase of this year’s campaign, the organization is still $20,000 away from meeting the goal.
“With requests over $52,000 coming from our current partner agencies and knowing there are additional needs, we may want to fund through our special grant fund. We simply cannot turn our back now on a goal that has not been met,” said Sonya Herber, executive director of United Way of Paulding County.
“Now is the time for Paulding County to pull together to help close this gap. We are asking everyone who believes in helping their neighbors who are struggling with hunger, illness, or providing shelter for their families to contribute what they can. Our $60,000 goal is not an abstract number. It’s the amount we need to raise to meet real needs that our friends and our own families experience every day in our community. They are critical needs that will go unmet without our help.” commented Herber.
During the past three years the needs of the community have grown and the demands placed on the funded partner agencies programs has become greater. In order for the United Way and partners to meet the needs of Paulding County residents, it is important to meet the campaign goal.
The United Way of Paulding County provides funding for over 10 local programs that are provided by over eight different agencies. The original concept of the United Way was to provide one fund-raising campaign that would support multiple needs and agencies. While this concept is still in place today, the United Way is much more than just a fund-raising organization. The United Way of today is looking toward making an impact in the lives of people served through United Way funded programs.
United Way is an active community partner that works closely with other social service agencies, nonprofit organizations, community leaders, and businesses to seek optimal ways to meet the needs of Paulding County residents.
Many times United Way is a participant in community conversations and sometimes the United Way is the leader who invites other partners into a discussion regarding a community need. These collaborative efforts help all of the partners involved meet some needs and work together for the betterment of Paulding County.
If anyone has not yet supported this year’s United Way fund-raising campaign, the board invites everyone to participate. Gifts are tax deductible and can be dropped off in person or by sending a check to: UWPC 2013 Campaign, 101 E. Perry St., Paulding Ohio 45879. For more information on how you can support the United Way of Paulding County call: 419-399-8240 or email: email@example.com.