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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WV News) — As the 2021 campaign for the United Way of Harrison and Doddridge counties concludes on March 31, officials are encouraging those who can to still support the organization’s funded partners.
“This was the most difficult campaign that we’ve ever faced, as it was also the most difficult year for our nation, state and local communities,” said Executive Director Brad Riffee. “It was an extremely difficult and challenging year, but we are extremely thankful for the contributions and support of our donors, contributors, sponsors and volunteers this year.”
Riffee said he encourages individuals who didn’t have the opportunity to give during this campaign to consider supporting the local non-profits that the United Way’s campaign funds.
The 20 organizations that are part of this year’s United Way campaign are: 4-H Leaders Association of Harrison County, the NCWV Chapter of the American Red Cross, Boy Scouts of America of Mountaineer Area Council, Bi-County Nutrition Program, Inc., Central WV Community Action, Inc., Family Service of Marion and Harrison Counties, Inc., Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council, Harrison County CASA Program, Inc., Harrison County Child Advocacy Center, Harrison County YMCA, Health Access, Inc., Homes for Harrison, HOPE, Inc. Domestic Violence Task Force, Learning Options, Inc., Legal Aid of West Virginia, Inc., Literacy Volunteers of Harrison County, People’s Hospice, Starts & Strides Therapeutic Equine Center, Susan Dew Hoff Memorial Clinic, and WorkAble Industries, Inc. Fundraising and Community Development Director Aimee Comer said it was a unique year for the campaign in that there were a larger number of individuals benefiting from the use of the United Way’s funded partners.
“Every single donation that we get is returned to the community and put towards the great work that these organizations do in Harrison and Doddridge counties,” she said. “In many ways, our funded partners are the last safety net for our most vulnerable population from children, to seniors, to families, neighbors and friends. We have been here since 1957, and we will never give up on our communities. Our friends and neighbors mean the world to us.”
Fundraising and Community Development Director Aimee Comer said it was a unique year for the campaign in that there was a larger number of individuals benefiting from the use of the United Way’s funded partners.
“Every campaign is important, simply because of the work that the organizations do,” she said. “This year, with the pandemic, our community needed the organizations more than ever whether it was due to losing jobs and health insurance or providing meals for homebound seniors who weren’t able to meet with family in risk of transmitting the virus, or the increase of children in foster care or domestic violence rates.
“Not everyone in the community may utilize the services of Health Access or Bi-County Nutrition, but perhaps your neighbor or cousin does. We’ve all been touched by it in one way or another.”
Prior to the United Way’s Give-A-Thon a few weeks ago, Comer said the campaign had reached 80% of the $850,000 goal.
With a $30,000 boost from the virtual event and the addition of several individual donors, Comer said she feels that with a few additional donations, they are optimistic they can achieve the campaign goal.
Riffee said the campaign itself may be ending on March 31, but there is never an end to giving.
“People can make a donation at any time of the year at their convenience — it’s never too late,” he said. “Even though we are wrapping up our campaign this month, if someone said next week they wanted to give, they could contact us and do that.”
According to Riffee, the United Way is still working toward the campaign goal and he is optimistic that they will be able to meet the needs of the community.
“We are not really sure how it’s going to shake out yet as we are still finalizing numbers and waiting for a few things to come back, but we do anticipate meeting the needs of our communities and funded partners,” he said.
If individuals would like to designate their donation to the 2021 United Way Campaign after it ends on March 31, Riffee said they can do so by indicating that on their donation.
An end-of-campaign event is being considered. However, with COVID-19 still circulating in the population, the United Way is erring on the side of caution.
“We will try to schedule something so we can announce to the community what we were able to accomplish, but we are trying to stay as safe as possible during this time,” Riffee said.
As the campaign ends this week, he said he is appreciative of the amazing staff, board, volunteers, donors and sponsors that have made this year’s campaign and events possible.
“Without our community, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do,” he said. “The more we can work together, the better. We are all working toward the same goal at the end of the day — to make our communities a better, safer and healthier place.”
For more information on donating or supporting the United Way through volunteer opportunities, contact Riffee or Comer at 304-624-6337. Pledge materials are available at unitedwayhdc.org. Contributions can also be made by mail at P.O. Box 2452, Clarksburg WV, 26301, by payroll deduction or by texting GIVEUNITEDHC to 313131.
Staff writer Kailee Kroll can be reached at (304)626-1439, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @kaileekroll.