VIENNA - After six months of fundraising, the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley announced it exceeded its goal for the 2011-2012 campaign.
Joyce Mather, executive director of the United Way Alliance, said $777,091 was raised, exceeding the goal by $62,091.
In making the announcement Thursday, Christy Swisher, campaign chairwoman, said the alliance wanted to raise enough funds to accomplish three things: fund local agencies and programs that contribute to the health and wellness of the Mid-Ohio Valley, provide emergency response funds if needed and to fund the operations of the United Way Alliance office.
The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley raised $777,091 in its 2011-2012 campaign, exceeding
In addition to the pledges, Mather said there are $368,000 in outstanding pledges that will be paid through the campaign year, which runs from January through December.
"The past year proved to be an incredibly busy year for the United Way staff and board," she said. "With financial assistance from special fundraising efforts, United Way staff and 65 community volunteers assembled and distributed 1,000 backpacks to children in need through the 'Back to School' program."
Swisher said the staff and volunteers introduced a new oral hygiene initiative called "Every Smile Matters," where about 1,000 dental pouches were distributed containing a toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, mouth rinse and educational information on the importance of good oral health.
Photo by Jeffrey Saulton
Making the announcement the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley exceeded its goal by $62,091 were, from left, Joan Foley, former board member and volunteer; Karl Boelter, DuPont, board member; Joyce Mather, executive director; Chris Anderson, administrative assistant; Christy Swisher, campaign chairwoman and chairwoman of the board, and Dave McClure, board member, Camden Clark Medical Center.
Swisher said the United Way has continued the free family prescription discount card to allow families to pay for prescription medicines at a greatly reduced rate.
"Savings to date since it was introduced in June 2008 now exceed $681,000," she said. "That's an incredible amount."
Swisher said the thanks for a successful campaign should go to only one group.
By the Numbers
The United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley raised $777,091 in its 2011-2012 campaign, exceeding its goal by $62,091.
In addition to the pledges, there are $368,000 in outstanding pledges, which will be paid through the campaign year running from January through December.
"It's you we want to say 'thank you' to," she said. "Every contributor, either a person or a business, large or small, a group or club, we say thank you."
Swisher said she also wanted to thank the volunteers who help kick off the campaign by distributing and collecting fundraising packets in the community last September.
"I would like to recognize one special volunteer we have with us today," she said. "Joan Foley has served as a board member of the United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley for six years and has stayed extremely active for the United Way since then."