United Way reaches 64 percent of campaign goal



Jim Donnelly, United Way of Logan County executive director, announced this week that the United Way has achieved 64 percent of this year’s goal as the organization moves into the final month of the 2013 campaign.

“With our $700,000 campaign past its mid-point, to date $449,155 has been pledged to help support the social service needs of Logan County,” he said in a release. “While we still have tremendous work to do, with each passing day we are getting closer to our goal.”

The final results from the 10 Pacesetter companies provided $188,245, a 2.6 percent increase over last year.

Pacesetters include Belletech Corporation, Honda Transmission, Logan County Electric Cooperative, Logan County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Mary Rutan Hospital and Logan View, the Nash Finch Company, NetGain Information Systems, Precision Custom Products, Steve Austin’s Auto Group and World Class Plastics.

Honda of America Mfg. reported final results of $190,526, including a 50-percent match on associate dollars.

“We are blessed that Honda continues to make the United Way campaign a priority within their company and with their associates,” Mr. Donnelly said. “Their support of our community beyond the challenges of running a major business is reflected throughout the county.”  

Included in the early results are donations from Axis Corporation, Belle Center Grain, Bellefontaine City Schools, Benjamin Logan Schools, BNI Business Network, Briarwood Sporting Club, Choice Properties, Citizens Banking Company, Duff Quarry, Community Markets, Green Hills, Logan County Educational Service Center, Michael Eller Diamonds, Neer’s Sand and Gravel, Rath Information Systems, Retention Knob Supply, Rite Aid, Riverside Schools, RJB Sales and Service, RTC Employment Services, and Zimmerman Realty, along with many attorneys and physicians.   

Residential contributions received at the United Way office from local residents of the community have surpassed $7,500 and continue to come in daily.

“These results boost our hopes that ‘together’ we will achieve the $700,000 milestone by the end of the campaign in early January,” Mr. Donnelly said. “We wouldn’t ask if we didn’t need it, and while our economy in Logan County is improving, there remains a large number of families and individuals who struggle daily for the basics of a good life.”

Tara Wagner, 2013 campaign chair, and Mr. Donnelly report that the United Way dollars assist one out of three residents within the county through local non-profit organizations.

Some of these programs provide meals and clothing for struggling families, equestrian therapy for autistic children, day care for senior citizens; wigs, transportation and medication support for cancer patients; support for the local American Red Cross, drug and alcohol counseling, support for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, hospice support for terminally ill patients and their families, counseling and support for the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and help for the purchase of prescription medication for low-income and elderly persons.

“The annual United Way of the Logan County Campaign is our call to action, one that helps to build excitement within our community,” said Donnelly. “Through the generosity of the many businesses combined with individual contributions, we are able to improve the lives of many of the residents in our community.”

To make a donation, contact the United Way office at 130 S. Main St., or call at 592-2886. Online donations also may be made at www.uwlogan.org.