Helping Others

THE UNITED Way of the Upper Ohio Valley is the lifeblood of many area non-profit agencies. Without the funding generated by the annual United Way campaign, some of those charitable organizations would cease to exist.

Should that occur, thousands of needy Ohio Valley residents would be extremely hard-pressed to realize the basic essentials of life.

Help-providing agencies throughout the Ohio Valley benefit from the United Way campaign. Some more than others, but all utilize their funding award to help those who desperately need it.

The United Way held its 20th annual Day of Caring Wednesday. It met with much success, as hundreds of volunteers stepped to the plate to aid agencies served by the United Way. The Day of Caring helps agencies get needed jobs done and save money in the process. It also serves as a kickoff to the annual fund-rasing campaign.

With the current state of the economy, raising money is no easy undertaking.

A goal of $770,000 has been established for this year.

That amount would serve Belmont, Monroe, Ohio, Marshall, Brooke, Tyler and Wetzel counties. All told, 30 agencies are affiliated with the United Way campaign.

Even with the uphill battle United Way officials are facing, we have faith in the Ohio Valley. Caring and generosity are synonymous with the area. Stepping up in time of need to help our neighbors is what the Ohio Valley is all about.

Judy Riesbeck-Wright, of Riesbeck Food Markets Inc., is this year’s campaign chair.

Where does this money go?

You can rest assured that the money will stay right here. In fact, it goes to some of the neediest people in our area. The United Way provides much-needed funding to a wide variety of agencies, aiding young and old alike.

Over the course of the next few months, United Way officials will be working passionately to reach their goal. We urge you to support their efforts by making a contribution that will make a difference in the lives who need it.

To make a donation to this year’s campaign contact the United Way office at 304-232-4625 or visit