|United Way goal to help more people|
|Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:06 AM|
BY NANCY SPENCER
“We want help 10 percent more people this year than we did last year,” he said. “We want to help people in crisis and assist them in fulfilling their dreams.”
Hayne teamed up with United Way of Van Wert County Executive Director Deb Russell for a kickoff luncheon at the Delphos Senior Citizen Center, an agency both United Ways contribute funds to. Center Director Joyce Hale is more than happy to host the luncheon.
“The United Way is a great organization,” she said. “I don’t know where you get more bang for your buck when you make a donation.”
The goal this year in not going to be marked in donated dollars as much as by those the funds will help.
“Last year, we touched over 49,000 lives through our partner agencies. That’s about half the population of Allen County,” Hayne said. “So we set our goal of raising the bar to 50,500 lives, rather than focusing just on dollars.”
Delphos chairs include Doris Neumeier of Union Bank Company and Alishe Reaman of Superior Federal Credit Union.
Local workers can expect to pledge cards soon.
Allen County United Way agencies include: Allen County Council On Aging, American Red Cross, Area Agency on Aging 3, The Arc of Allen County, Bradfield Community Center, Catholic Charities, Cheryl Allen Southside Center, Children’s Developmental Center, Crime Victim Services, Crossroads Crisis Center, Family Resource Center, Goodwill Easter Seals, Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Mobility Foundation, Literacy Council of Northwest Ohio, Salvation Army, Senior Citizens Services, Lima-UMADAOP, The Lima Family, YWCA of Lima and YW Child Care Resource and Referral.
Van Wert County United Way agencies are: American Red Cross, Angel Foundation, Buckeye Y, Convoy Sports Center, Council on Aging, Crisis Care Line, Family and Children First, Family Health Center of Northwest Ohio, Habitat for Humanity of Van Wert County, Help Me Grow, Lincolnview Latchkey, Middle Point Community Recreation Association, Ohio City Youth, Salvation Army, Van Wert County Family & Children First, Van Wert County Victims Services, Wee Care Learning Center, Willshire Youth Activities, Wren Ballpark Association, YMCA and YWCA.
These agencies are served by both counties: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Boy Scouts of America/Black Swamp Area Council, Delphos Senior Citizens, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Appleseed Ridge Region and West Ohio Food Bank.