The Weirton United Way is coming closer to its goal of $280,000 for the 2012 campaign, but that doesn't mean the community needs to stop showing its support.
On Friday, officials announced the campaign had reached $191,451.71, or 68 percent of the $280,000 goal. That means, the United Way needs to raise less than $100,000 for the year to help its member agencies.
That's great news, but there is still a long road ahead of them and those of us in the community who are able to do something need to continue finding ways to contribute.
It's a message we have delivered numerous times in the past and will continue to do so in the future. Without the efforts of the Weirton United Way and its volunteers there are many programs in our area which would have to go without, and that means fewer services would be available for those who truly need them.
Three businesses have significantly stepped up, with 100 percent of their employees making a contribution. We hope to see even more make that kind of commitment in the coming weeks.
The Weirton United Way's 15 member agencies are the American Red Cross-River Valley Chapter; the Boys and Girls Club of Weirton; Girl Scouts Black Diamond Council; Boy Scouts of America; CHANGE, Inc.; the Community Bread Basket; Dunbar Recreation Center; Healthways Inc.; Hancock/Brooke/Ohio/Marshall Retired and Senior Volunteer Program; Hancock County Sheltered Workshop; Hancock County 4-H Foundation; Weirton Medical Center Foundation; the Mary H. Weir Public Library; the Salvation Army Weirton Corps.; and the Weirton Christian Center.
We are fast approaching the holiday season, and while this often is a time for spending time with family and friends, we also should take this time to think about giving back and helping those in need.
The Weirton United Way and its member agencies, while not able to take care of every problem in the city, work tirelessly to find ways to help those who need it the most. We, as area residents, can show our support, unite as a community and stand behind the Weirton United Way as it has always stood behind us.