United Way kicks off campaign; 16% raised so far

More than 60 United Way volunteers gathered Sept. 9 at the Pines Country Club to help the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties launch its 82nd Annual Campaign. Representatives from several Pacesetter companies attended the event to report how much they’ve already raised toward the 2020 campaign goal of $1,345,000.

This year’s campaign chairs, known as Bankers United and made up of seven local bankers, reported the results by holding up the numbers. Pacesetter companies have raised $223,074 to jumpstart the fall campaign. That’s 16 percent of the goal!

Monongalia County Schools reported a total of $46,199. The schools also added 119 new givers this year and have raised $6,000-plus more than last year’s campaign.

Fundraising at Mylan Pharmaceuticals is also up this year, with the company reporting it is $20,000 up from where it was last year at this time. Other Pacesetters include Bowles Rice, BB&T, Clear Mountain Bank, The Dominion Post, First Energy, HealthWorks, Huntington Bank, Jackson Kelly PLLC, MVB Bank, and WesBanco.

Most workplace campaigns began Sept. 9 as part of the fall campaign. The money raised will help support 46 programs at 24 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, the Family Resource Network, and 2-1-1.

The kickoff event was sponsored by Clear Mountain Bank and included more than just the Pacesetters event, including several representatives from the funded partner agencies.

In the morning, United Way staff, board members, and volunteers stood at busy corners holding signs and urging folks to support the organization. The Kickoff in Kingwood was held in the afternoon at the Preston County Inn, and many people posted on social media about the United Way throughout the day in both counties.

For more information about the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, visit http://www.unitedwaympc.org.