United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley sets new goal for fundraising

VIENNA – Andrea Shirey, the executive director of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley, stood before more than 100 people at the Community Leaders Breakfast Tuesday morning at the Grand Pointe Conference Center.

Her smile showed good news was coming.

“We exceeded the campaign goal last year,” she said. “We are setting our sights higher this year. The goal is $830,000. We make it and that’s going to be an all-time record.”

The goal for last year was $800,000 and the amount raised was $815,000. The bar continues to be pushed upward as the United Way continues to expand its areas of assistance, according to Shirey.

“This is my third campaign,” she said as the room cleared. “We are making great progress and doing a better job to getting to the outlying counties. We serve 10 counties and have 125 workplace campaigns. Those workplace campaigns make up the majority of the fundraising. Really, the easiest way to give is through payroll deduction. Our most successful campaigns are where people donate $5 a paycheck.”

Ed Rogers, the former pastor of South Parkersburg Baptist Church, was the keynote speaker for the event, which introduced the slogan for the year, “Better Together.”

“The world never changed by people who get stuck,” he said. “Nothing ever gets done unless someone follows through.”

He then encouraged involvement individually and as a group.

“It’s good for us to work together,” he said. “There’s something special about serving others. But there’s something really special about serving others together.”

Shirey echoed Rogers following the conclusion of the event.

“With this campaign, everyone can be part of the solution,” she said. “It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and say what is wrong. The United Way makes it easy for people to be part of the solution. It allows them to get off the sidelines and get involved.”

Shirey said if a workplace campaign is not available, anyone can donate to the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley by going online to uwamov.com/give.