1/16/2014 4:59 PM
by Rachael Cardin
BECKLEY - A Raleigh County nonprofit announced big news on Thursday and said they plan to use this momentum to makes strides in the upcoming year.
The United Way of Southern West Virginia said they have met their campaign goal for 2013/14. Organizers said the dollar amount was set high at $525,000,and is currently approaching $600,000 as a grand total. Margaret Ann O'Neal said this wouldn't have been possible without the compassion and generosity from the people of Southern West Virginia. The United Way announced that, for the upcoming year, they will be providing funds to 34 agencies. O'Neal said the baby pantries and books for kids will be continued as well with money raised from this campaign. Vice-Chair Sherrie Hunter said people know how to support each other around here.
"It's going to be challenging, but I will tell you that Southern West Virginia is very, very special. Even people that have needs of their own and challenges of their own; everybody steps up to the plate. When they know that the agency has been determined to have everything in place, then people know that their money is going to help those that are less fortunate than them," said Hunter.
Organizers said the upcoming goal for 2014/15 is somewhat lofty, but the agency is positive about being able to meet the needs of anyone that this United Way serves.