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March 11, 2014

County United Way short of $500,000 goal

CUMBERLAND — Each hour of every day, United Way agencies help people in need.

It could be that child receiving a food-laden backpack who might not otherwise have a meal that day or one of those 11,000 people each month needing food from a food pantry; the mom who has been provided a safe haven for her and her children; or the 1,500 children who are able to succeed in school and become outstanding leaders because of the adult mentors provided for them through after-school and summer programs at the Salvation Army, Scouts, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Family Junction. The list goes on and on.

The needs of the community are too great to give up, and United Way of Allegany County’s executive committee and campaign chairs Kathy Getty and John Burkey are reminding the public that this year’s campaign has not ended and needs help.

“With requests coming from our 16 community partner agencies and knowing there are additional needs we want to support through community impact grant funds to help stabilize some families, we simply cannot turn our back now on a goal that has not yet been met,” said a statement from Getty and Burkey.

The campaign has raised nearly $370,000 — that is about 74 percent of the $500,000 goal, with $130,000 more to be raised by April 30.

Jennifer Wilson, executive committee chair said, “Your contribution will provide tremendous value to thousands of individuals in Allegany County and the impact can be seen each and every hour of the day. We are asking everyone who believes in helping their neighbors who are struggling with medication or dental needs, utility assistance, hunger or providing shelter for their families to contribute what they can. Critical needs will go unmet without our help. If everyone would give a little, no one would have to give a lot.”

United Way has been a major partner with the Union Rescue Mission and Allegany County Human Resources Development Commission for the past several years supporting the cold weather shelter from January through April each year so that anyone can be provided a place to sleep.

In addition, United Way of Allegany County administers the emergency food and shelter program and the Imagination Library of Allegany County. For the past 16 years, United Way, the city of Cumberland, Columbia Gas and CSX have partnered to bring the annual Day of Caring and Sharing to the community. Two years ago the United Way started the “Stuff the Bus” program, where supplies are collected for students in the local schools. United Way is also one of the founding partners with the Mission of Mercy free dental clinic and has been responsible for recruiting hundreds of volunteers so that these services could be provided.

All gifts are tax-deductible and can be made through the United Way’s website at www.cuw.org or send a check to 71 Baltimore St., Third Floor, Cumberland, MD 21502. For more information, go to Facebook at CUWROCKS or call 301-722-2700.

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