For the second consecutive year, local donors have given to United Way of Logan County in record-setting fashion. The local non-profit reports that $930,045 has been pledged (as of Dec. 22), with more expected before year-end. The number represents 109 percent of the $850,000 goal and a 12 percent increase over last year, when $830,199, then the all-time organizational record, was raised.
“I think my take-away from the campaign is not only how generous and caring our community is for those in need, but overall how passionate they are for the United Way,” said Rick Hatcher, who, with his wife Jill, co-chaired the fall campaign. “The best part was getting out and meeting all those who make the campaign a success year in and year out.”
Fifty-seven Logan County workplaces kept the Hatchers and their volunteer team busy, conducting traditional United Way campaigns internally this year by extending the giving opportunity to their employees via payroll deduction. A recognition breakfast is scheduled on Wednesday January 31 from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. at Green Hills Foundation Hall in West Liberty to announce final results and to celebrate participating workplaces and success stories.
Honda of America, Mfg. continues to lead the area in United Way giving, with $173,792 in associate and corporate pledges designated to Logan County from their $1.4 million effort. NEX Transport is responsible for the big jump in countywide giving this year, totaling $102,712, a $99,000 increase buoyed by a 100 percent corporate match of employee giving. AcuSport Corporation achieved six-digit giving for the second straight year with $102,109. $66,908 in donor designations and corporate matches are coming to Logan County from Honda Transmission, Mfg. And AGC Glass rounds out the top five, experiencing a 33 percent increase in their campaign to achieve $55,349.
Money raised by United Way is reinvested back into the local community to support the human service needs of one in three Logan County residents. 29 Funded Agencies will receive United Way dollars to begin 2018, including three new partners: Bellefontaine Police Department, Logan County Coalition for Opiate Relief Efforts (CORE), and the Logan County Sheriff’s Office. Additional Funded Agencies include: American Red Cross, Boy Scouts Tecumseh Council, Bridges Community Action Partnership, Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio, Consolidated Care, Discovery Riders, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Don M. and Margaret Hilliker YMCA and Camp Willson, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Green Hills Community and Universal Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, International Friendship Center, LifeCare Alliance, Lighthouse Emergency Shelter, Logan County Cancer Society, Logan County Family & Children First Council, Logan County Neighborhood Outreach, Lutheran Community Services, Mary Rutan Hospital Medication Assistance Program, Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, Recovery Zone, Transportation for Logan County, Union Station, and Warm Clothes for Kids.
Donors wishing to make a gift before the Dec. 31 tax deadline may give online at www.uwlogan.org or send a check to: United Way, 130 S. Main St. Suite 109, Bellefontaine, Ohio, 43311.
United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in Logan County. It does so by facilitating successful agency partnerships that enable a safe, healthy, and caring community. More than just a fundraiser, United Way collaborates with businesses, non-profits, government, and civic organizations to help meet the social service needs of the community.
For more information, visit www.uwlogan.org or call (937) 592-2886.
Dave Bezusko is executive director of United Way of Logan County.