For the Cumberland Times-News
CUMBERLAND — The United Way of Allegany County is wrapping up its annual campaign with more than $90,000 to raise to reach the goal of $500,000 set for this year. The reason behind this ambitious fundraising goal is to address the community’s most pressing needs for education, income and health services.
Campaign co-chairs this year include Nicole Wagoner, Kathy Getty and John Burkey, as well as members of the Executive Committee led by Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab.
“Donations support programs that provide learning opportunities for local children like the after-school program at the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Family Junction,” said Getty, regional president of Susquehanna Bank.
“American Red Cross volunteers are able to assist families who have just lost everything in a fire; and Associated Charities is able to provide an uninsured worker with life-saving medications for a healthier life. Imagine one out of three people in this county receives services through the community partners of the United Way of Allegany County.”
This year, Forbes ranked United Way No. 1 for largest U.S. charities, as well a top-five pick for All-Star Charities-Top Rankings for Efficient Groups. “By giving to the United Way of Allegany County, you can be confident that your contribution is hard at work improving the lives of people right here in our community,” said Burkey, local businessman and Executive Committee member.
Hurwitz-Schwab, who also chairs the Legacy Division of those contributing $1,000 or more annually, said, “The United Way annual campaign makes an impact on so many who need help bridging the gap to achieve sustainability, but most importantly, it provides encouragement for a better tomorrow.”
Contributions can be mailed to the United Way of Allegany County, 71 Baltimore St, Third Floor, Cumberland, MD 21502; contact the United Way office at 301-722-2700; or donate through the United Way website at http://www.cuw.org/ or Facebook *CUWRocks* County United Way, Inc.
Many local businesses also use the payroll deduction option, where donors can make a gift by having an annual pledge deducted from their paycheck. “In the time it takes to make a donation, someone in Allegany County will benefit from one of the many services,” Wagoner said.