BELLEFONTAINE – The 62nd annual United Way fundraising campaign in Logan County kicked off Sept. 1, with more than 90 community leaders gathering for a luncheon and training at Green Hills Foundation Hall in West Liberty. The attendees, representing 48 area workplaces, are a part of communitywide effort that is working to raise $720,000 by Thanksgiving.
Money raised by United Way stays in Logan County and will be allocated to more than 20 Funded Agencies in the areas of education, income and health. United Way has raised more than $19 million in and for Logan County since it was founded in 1954. Studies show that one in three Logan County residents is impacted by a United Way-funded program.
United Way achieved its local campaign goal last year for the first time in six years ($700,000) and is hoping to build upon that positive momentum. Campaign Co-Chairs Chad and Nita Wilkinson thanked attendees for their pledges of support. Deb Storm of the Lighthouse Community Shelter explained how her agency’s United Way allocation is allowing the homeless facility to expand its services to reach additional segments of the homeless population. United Way Board Member Jenny Girouard and Executive Director Dave Bezusko reviewed best practices for conducting a giving campaign in the workplace.
Representatives from several United Way agencies were present to field questions and interact with guests. United Way released a new video starring 177 local residents and launched a redesigned website (www.uwlogan.org) today to further inspire and educate donors about how their dollars are spent.
United Way’s 2015 Funded Agencies include: American Red Cross, Boy Scouts Tecumseh Council, Catholic Charities of Southwest Ohio (including Second Harvest Food Bank and the Helping Hand program), Consolidated Care (including New Directions domestic violence counseling services), Discovery Riders, Don M. & Margaret Hilliker YMCA (including the Active Older Adult Program and the Safe Haven Youth Program), Girl Scouts of Western Ohio, Green Hills DayBreak Center, Habitat for Humanity, Lighthouse Community Shelter, Logan Belle HAND, Logan County Cancer Society, Logan County Children & Family First Council, Lutheran Community Services (including Loving Hands Adult Day Program and Our Daily Bread), Mary Rutan Medication Assistance Program, United Service Organization, Universal Home Health & Hospice, and Warm Clothes for Kids.
Officials emphasized that just as important as where dollars go is where they do not go. Ninety cents of every dollar given goes to programming, with just 10 cents for fundraising and administrative costs, well beating the Better Business Bureau standard of a 65/35 split. In response to recent inquiries, officials also stressed that no local United Way dollars are, or have ever been, passed through to Planned Parenthood. A line-by-line listing of United Way’s 2015 allocations and awarded grants is available at www.uwlogan.org.
Giving via payroll deduction at work has been a Logan County tradition since 1954. Businesses that have already committed to offering payroll deduction to employees for United Way include: AcuSport Corporation, AGC Glass Company, Bellefontaine City Schools, Belletech Corporation, Benjamin Logan Local Schools, Choice Properties Real Estate, Citizens Federal Savings & Loan, City of Bellefontaine, Civista Bank, Community Health Partners, Community Markets, Consolidated Care, Don M. & Margaret Hilliker YMCA, Duff Companies, Green Hills Community, Heartland of Bellefontaine, HBD Thermoid, Hill & Hamilton, Honda of America, Mfg, Honda Transmission, Indian Lake Local Schools, Kroger, Liberty National Bank, Logan County, Logan County Electric Cooperative, Lutheran Community Services, Mary Rutan Hospital, Midwest Regional Educational Service Center, NetGain Information Systems, NEX Transport, Ohio Hi-Point Career Center, PowerBuilt, PNC, Precision Custom Products, Rath Information Systems, Riverside Local Schools, SpartanNash, Company, Steve Austin’s Auto Group, Stolly Insurance Group, Thomas & Marker Construction, Thompson Dunlap & Heydinger, Transportation Research Center, Universal Health & Hospice, Vectren Energy, Walmart, World Class Plastics, WPKO/WBLL, and Zimmerman Realty. Those interested in establishing a United Way campaign in a workplace not listed are encouraged to call (937) 592-2886.
Additional giving opportunities abound. Donors may give online at www.uwlogan.org. Fliers were mailed to 2,300 households last week. Donors can write a check and mail it to: United Way, 130 S. Main St., Suite 109, Bellefontaine, OH 43311.
Submitted by the United Way of Logan County.