There are thousands of people in our community depending on the success of the Allegany County United Way campaign. As of today, the agency is $130,000 short of its goal to raise $500,000.
Sixteen community groups depend of funding from United Way. Many of them are youth and family-centered, such as the Salvation Army, Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Family Junction.
Those groups help our children in many ways, including mentoring, providing after-school and summer activities, food and school supplies. Two years ago, the United Way started a “Stuff the Bus” program, collecting supplies for students in local schools.
United Way also is one of the founding partners of the Mission of Mercy, a free dental clinic that — with the help of hundreds of volunteers — has provided free dental services to residents throughout the region and beyond.
The annual Day of Caring and Sharing — a joint effort by United Way, the city of Cumberland, Columbia Gas and CSX — spreads volunteers across Cumberland to beautify and clean up neighborhoods.
From January through April each year, United Way, the Union Rescue Mission and the Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission operate a cold weather shelter for people needing a place to sleep.
These are just a few of the programs helped by contributions to the United Way.
The agency hopes to wind up its current fund-raising campaign by the end of next month.
Tax-deductible donations can be made through the United Way’s website at www.cuw.org and clicking on Allegany County, or by sending a check to 71 Baltimore Street, 3rd floor, Cumberland, MD 21502.
Supporters can also “like” United Way on Facebook at CUWROCKS and read about its community partners. More information is available at 301-722-2700.