United Way introduces 2022 Campaign at Community Leaders’ Breakfast

MORGANTOWN – Moving mountains was the central idea behind this year’s United Way Community Leaders’ Breakfast, which was held Thursday, Aug. 12, at Mon Health Conference Center.

The United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties’ annual breakfast brought together about 70 local community leaders to eat, listen to natural resources and conservation leader Margaret Everson, and learn more about this year’s United Way campaign.

This annual summer event precedes the kickoff of the fall United Way campaign, and it has been sponsored by Mon Health for more than 30 years. This year marks the 84th annual workplace campaign.

The breakfast gave the local United Way the opportunity to unveil its 2022 Media Campaign, including the theme “We Can Move Mounains,” marketing materials, and how businesses and individuals can use these tools to help raise funds to meet community needs. The members of the Media Embracing the Community initiative, a collaboration of local media outlets, helped create those marketing materials.

Everson, a Morgantown native, spoke about her experiences in conservation and natural resources, which tied into the mountains theme, and she also discussed the importance of being a leader in your community and giving back. Those in attendance at the breakfast were also introduced to Tammie Alexander, who will serve as the 2022 Campaign Chair. Alexander is a member of Steptoe & Johnson PLLC. She and United Way Director of Development Macall Speaker unveiled this year’s campaign goal: $1,200,000.

Seven companies were announced as Pacesetters for this year’s campaign and will begin raising funds immediately to build momentum. They are Clear Mountain Bank, The Dominion Post, Jackson Kelly, J.S. Walker Associates Realtors, Monongalia County Schools, MVB Bank, and Steptoe & Johnson.

Those who attended the breakfast learned about the 2022 Campaign, which will officially kick off Friday, Sept. 10, on United Way Day. The money raised during the annual United Way campaign stays in Monongalia and Preston counties, providing support to 39 programs at 26 agencies. For more information, visit http://www.unitedwaympc.org.