Cumberland Times-News

January 16, 2013

United Way inches closer to $720,000 campaign goal

Elaine Blaisdell
Cumberland Times-News

— CUMBERLAND — County United Way has raised about $523,000 thus far of its collective $720,000 goal, according to Mary Beth Pirolozzi, executive director.

Garrett County has raised $62,000 of  its $90,000 goal, and Mineral County has raised $77,000 of its $100,000 goal. Allegany County has reached $372,000 of its $500,000 goal, and Hampshire County is struggling with only $12,242 of its $30,000 goal, said Pirolozzi.

“We have a lot of wonderful community partners who are individuals and businesses who do an annual campaign every year — they are our backbone of support,” said Pirolozzi. “We are striving to bring these campaigns to goal by the beginning of March.”

In Allegany County, Legacy Donors, which is chaired by Betsey Hurwitz-Schwab, contributes $1,000 every year toward the annual campaign, according to Pirolozzi.

“We know it can be tough to decide where to invest your resources to make the biggest difference,” said Pirolozzi. “This year, Forbes ranked United Way No. 1 and a top-five pick for efficiency. By giving to United Way, you can be confident your contribution is hard at work improving lives.”

One out of every three people is touched by a United Way contribution whether it be with emergency services, prescription assistance or daily meals, according to Pirolozzi. Some of the money in Mineral County goes toward the American Red Cross; Piedmont library; Tri-Towns after-school program; Big Brothers Big Sisters; Energy Express; the Salvation Army; the Family Crisis Center; the foster grandparents program; Boy and Girl Scouts; and to the Developmental Center and Workshop.

“Fundraising is individual and corporate donations along with service organizations and non-profits. We have been striving to get government, businesses and organizations to initiate payroll-deduction campaigns,” said Pirolozzi. “If they haven’t done that thus far — which is the basis of our Power of a Dollar campaign — if everyone who has access to payroll deduction would consider just giving $1 per pay, every county would well exceed goal.”

One out of every seven students is involved in one of County United Way’s after-school or summer programs that provide a safe environment as well as mentoring to build strong minds and bodies for future success, according to Pirolozzi.

Contributions are tax-de-ductible and can be made at http://www.cuw.org or on Facebook at CUWROCKS. Donors can also sign up through online shopping with iGive.com.

Contact Elaine Blaisdell at eblaisdell@times-news.com.