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Combined United Way marks record campaign

May 01, 2007|by DAVE McMILLION

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A record level of funding - $1.4 million - was raised by United Way of the Eastern Panhandle Inc. in 2006 and officials with the organization say they are able to leverage more money for the cause now that all three Eastern Panhandle counties have merged into one United Way organization.

Before last year, Berkeley and Morgan counties were served by one United Way organization and Jefferson County had its own United Way, officials said Monday.

In 2006, the two organizations merged to form United Way of the Eastern Panhandle, Inc.

Combining the two organizations allows for a larger staff that can raise larger amounts of money, said Jan Callen, executive director of the merged United Way.

The latest fundraising figures for the organization were announced during a press conference Monday afternoon at the downtown Bank of Charles Town.

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"We just see this positiveness growing," said Teresa McCabe, president of the United Way of the Eastern Panhandle.

The money raised shows how residents in the Eastern Panhandle are serious about investing in the community and shows their values, said Ken Tyler, vice president of the new merged United Way.

Money from the United Way is used to fund local organizations like food pantries, senior centers, literacy organizations, meals on wheels programs, art education for low income children, boys and girls clubs, boy scouts and parks and recreation programs.

The $1.4 million is the largest amount of money that has been raised for the United Way effort in the three counties, Callen said. The previous year, $1.3 million was raised, Callen said.

United Way officials will now start determining how the $1.4 million will be spent in the three-county area, McCabe said.

The next fundraising campaign will begin in the fall, she said.

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