United Way launches $1.3M campaign to help local programs

Honk and Wave

MORGANTOWN – Friday morning began with lots of waves and plentiful cheers from staff, board members and advocates of the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties. The United Way kicked off its 2023 Campaign in style with a Honk and Wave hour for the morning commute in Morgantown and Kingwood.

The 85th Annual Campaign for the United Way of Mon and Preston Counties is now officially underway. The goal for this fall’s campaign is $1.3 million, and so far, $325,004 has been raised, which is 25% of the goal. Pacesetter companies have already been raising money to jumpstart the fall campaign. They include Clear Mountain Bank, The Dominion Post, Jackson Kelly PLLC, J.S. Walker Associates, Monongalia County Schools and MVB.

“The Pacesetter campaigns help us gain momentum as we officially kick off campaign,” said Brandi Helms, chief executive officer of the local United Way. “They give us a good, solid base to start with and serve as an example for other companies to follow. We thank the Pacesetters for their commitment to the United Way and their community.”

The theme for this year’s campaign is Change the Game, and four WVU coaches’ wives are stepping up to lead as campaign co-chairs: Kate Covich, Brooke Brown, Amanda Mazey and Lindsay Hammond.

“As members of the Mountaineer family, anytime we set out to accomplish something, we always want to make it better than it was when we arrived,” Covich said. “As campaign co-chairs for the 2023 United Way Campaign, we know that we can change the game in positive ways for both counties, and we plan to do it together. But we need your help as well.”

Most workplace campaigns begin today (Sept. 9), which has been dubbed United Way Day, as part of the fall campaign. The money raised will help support 36 programs at 27 health and human service agencies in Monongalia and Preston counties, as well as United Way’s internal programming, such as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Helpful Harvest Food Program, the Family Resource Network and WV211.

For more information about the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, visit http://www.unitedwaympc.org. To donate to the campaign, visit www.unitedwaympc.org/give or text CHANGETHEGAME to 41444.