Last week Washington County's United Way campaign wound up its 1996 campaign, raising a record-breaking $1.6 million for its 24 member agencies. Today we'd like to thank the people who made it possible, starting with campaign co-chairs Al Martin and Doug Wright.
Heading up a fund-raising effort like this one involves a lot more than putting your name on a letterhead and attending progress report luncheons. It means organizing an army of volunteers and convincing them to do this important job well, for no pay at all.
We also salute the volunteers on the front lines, the people who knock on doors, who make phone calls and pass out pledge cards. Raising money is tough, and just asking sometimes brings the volunteer a tirade from someone who's heard and accepted some of the outright lies that persist in this area's folklore.
Like what? Like the lie that Washington County United Way funds groups that help inmates file lawsuits against correctional officers. It's never happened, never even been considered, but like a vampire in an old movie, the lie never seems to die.