United Way of Central WV

 United Way campaign nears
goal, needs support to reach
$2.5 million


The United Way of Central WV announced on March 19, 2015 that the 'Generations United to Give' annual campaign has reached $2 million for the 33rd consecutive year. However, community support is still needed to reach the goal of $2.5 million by the end of the month, which represents the end of the 2014-15 campaign.


"This milestone reflects the generosity of multiple generations across Central West Virginia and is a true testament to the caring power of our community," said John Ballengee, President/CPO, United Way of Central WV. "With that being said, we still have a lot of work to do to meet the growing needs of our community. The ongoing economic issues in our state make reaching our goal even more challenging."


The United Way of Central WV supports 28 partner agencies that helped more than 50,000 individuals last year in Boone, Clay, Kanawha, Logan and Putnam Counties. Funds raised, support programs like the Backpack Buddy program that provides food to more than 450 students throughout the summer in Putnam County. Community support also has allowed for expansion in Logan County by adding LEAD Community Organization and PRIDE Community Services as partner agencies. Another expansion includes funding a new Heart and Hand Community Services Center that helps Putnam County residents with emergency utility or rent assistance along with Dollar Energy Fund application processing. This demonstrates that dollars raised go directly back into the community to help area families, neighbors, coworkers and friends.


"One way we can meet our campaign goal is to invite small businesses to pledge their support of $50 per month ($600 per year) by signing the United Way of Central WV's 'Proclamation of Support' on our website at unitedwaycwv.org/proclamation," said Janice Amspoker, Resource Development Director, United Way of Central WV. "Each and every day, small businesses in the area keep our local economy going. By pledging their support, small businesses can showcase their commitment to the community."




The 'Generations United to Give' campaign allows the United Way of Central West Virginia to meet its goal of helping children and youth achieve their potential; promoting financial stability and independence and improving people's health. Campaigns such as the small business 'Proclamation of Support', workplace campaigns and individual donations are crucial in reaching the campaign goal. If you are interested in giving to the 'Generations United to Give' campaign, visit the United Way of Central WV's website at unitedwaycwv.org/givenow.


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Where Would We Be
Without Your Willingness to Give?

This is Deborah. One of Deborah's parents was diagnosed with mild Dementia/Alzheimer's in 2011. As soon as the family received the diagnosis, Deborah went straight to a United Way partner agency for help and information. She was given a large packet of reading material and left the office with an overwhelming feeling of relief that support was available to help them through this tough time. Since that first meeting, the agency has continued to give Deborah and her family a wealth of information. Deborah has learned important lessons about taking care of a parent with Alzheimer's. She has attended several seminars designed to assist caregivers in all areas of this horrible disease. There are still days when Deborah feels like she can't do it anymore but she picks up the phone and talks to someone at the agency and they help her when she feels like giving up. Deborah and her family are thankful to this agency for providing support and giving them assistance in dealing with Alzheimer's. Now they know they have support to deal with any type of unforeseen challenge they encounter. Deborah is just 1 of 5,850 people that received advocacy support last year.

Partner Agency Success Story

The United Way of Central WV receives many success stories over the year. We want to share with you one from the Salvation Army Social Services that touched our hearts. We know it will touch yours.


One of the great aspects of working for the Salvation Army is the ability to be able to help clients with a wide range of services. Gracie came to The Salvation Army as a single grandmother who had just gained custody of her 10 year old grandson. Coming from a broken home, abused mentally and physically, her grandson had many needs that, financially, Gracie was not able to handle without help. Living on a $1,000 a month budget, she was trying to meet his needs and the regular household bills that were hard enough to tackle without an additional individual in the household. With the assistance of United Way funding, The Salvation Army was able to help her avoid electric termination with a $75 pledge and provide her with the Dollar Energy Program to keep her from losing her electricity. They also provided her with a clothing voucher to help provide her grandson with much needed clothing. Gracie was overwhelmed with gratitude and it was a wonderful experience to be able to provide her with the help she needed to stay on her feet. In addition to the above assistance, The Salvation Army was able to purchase a new bed and mattress for Gracie's grandson, who has never had a bed to sleep on, only a dirty mattress that laid on the floor. Through Seasonal assistance, The Salvation Army also secured a brand new bike and toys for the little boy as well as much needed dishes, pots and pans and household items for Gracie. Gracie was brought to tears with all of the combined assistance that the Salvation Army was able to give her to start a new life for her and her grandson. Remembering her reaction through teary eyes and a heartfelt hug, Gracie provided The Salvation Army with the fuel to keep fighting for those less fortunate than us in the community. The Salvation Army is honored to be able to provide for families like Gracie and her grandson and the United Way of Central WV's funding enables them to carry out that mission.


Living United through
the Workplace Campaign


United Way workplace campaigns are about bringing people in local workplaces together to tackle our community's most difficult issues in the areas of education, financial stability and health. 


United Way of Central WV offers a simple, convenient and efficient way for employees to support the community and causes they believe in. Employees may give in regular increments, via payroll deduction through an easy to use system or through paper pledging. 


Through a workplace campaign, employees experience the satisfaction of seeing their donations turn into programs and services that create impact on people's lives. 




Patrick Parker, an employee of CASCI,  

is a United Way of Central WV Workplace Campaign Coordinator. We recently asked him a few questions about his work with the United Way of Central WV and here is what he said.


What does LIVE UNITED mean to you?

LIVE UNITED to me means making the self-commitment to be the difference in your community by coming together with others to make an impact.


Why do you volunteer with United Way?

For me, it's about the human exchange. This allows me to feel as though I am making a contribution to something or someone for their betterment.  


Was charity a part of your upbringing?

Absolutely! My parents raised me with great awareness of "paying it forward" as often as possible, especially when there is a need to show kindness and understanding to others.


Why are you so committed to making sure United Way makes a positive community impact?

It's about doing the right thing as an individual and as a West Virginian. It's critical that we "show up" for our neighbors in that time of need. If we don't, then who will?   

Big Sandy Superstore designates March 27 - March 31 as
Charity Challenge

Celebrating their 62nd year serving the Tri-Sate market of West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky, Big Sandy Superstore continues to look for ways to support the communities in which they work and live.  For several years, Big Sandy Superstore has sponsored a 'Charity Challenge' event in which they offer a 'discount for donations' opportunity to their customers. They challenge customers to make a donation and in return they are provided a discount on their purchase. Big Sandy Superstore has designated March 27 through March 31 as their latest "Charity Challenge". For those five days, customers will choose their charity of choice and the United Way of Central WV is one of those charities.
Check out the list below for how much savings are earned by making a donation to the United Way of Central WV. Some items, such as super savers and extreme values, will be excluded. Please visit your area Big Sandy Superstore and share this information by forwarding this email so that we can get the word out about this great opportunity for Big Sandy Superstore customers and their communities!


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Charleston, WV 25301

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