For a second consecutive year, donations and pledged giving to the Logan County United Way has exceeded $1 million, agency officials announced Thursday.
“Donations to the annual United Way of Logan County campaign have surpassed the $1 million mark for the second year in a row, as the pledges pushing the countywide fundraiser over the top were reported this week,” the United Way announced in a press release.
The United Way reported strong end-of-year giving throughout the month of December to help reach the mark.
“We seemed to be holding steady right around the ($980,000) mark as of the last week of December, so I didn’t think we were going to hit our goal,” United Way Campaign Chair Alison Marker said.
“And then we had some big surprises come in that pushed us over.
“Logan County, you made this happen!”
An online auction conducted during the holiday season brought in $35,000 with in-kind product and service donations from local businesses.
A total of 52 programs from 31 funded agencies will be supported in 2020 by United Way allocations from this year’s campaign. Additional one-time grants will be awarded throughout the year organizations by way of community impact and youth allocations funds.
Logan County is the smallest community in Ohio to surpass the $1 million mark, the United Way reports — and the feat has now been achieved two straight years.
“It’s really amazing to me that a community our size can come together and raise $1 million in just a few months,” Marker said. “It shows me that people really care about everyone in our community and want their friends, neighbors, family members — even those they don’t know at all — to get the support they need to live healthy and happy lives.”
Final campaign numbers, corporate recognitions, and awards will be handed out during the annual Live United Awards luncheon, set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Green Hills Community, 6557 S. U.S. Route 68, West Liberty. The event is open to the public, and anyone interested should RSVP online, uwlogan.org, or by calling 592-2886. There is a $10 cost to cover the cost of the meal.