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United Way of Central WV establishing a
West Virginia Emergency Fund

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United Way of Central West Virginia is establishing a West Virginia Emergency Fund to assist affected residents who suffered from lost wages and reduction of work hours as a result of the recent water emergency and due to no fault of their own.

Many residents have lost wages due to businesses being closed for lack of fresh water. Even though the crisis is beginning to lessen, lost wages will put pressure on household budgets. United Way of Central West Virginia is connected with the network of emergency assistance agencies serving the affected areas and will serve as the conduit to assist those in need.

Donations are now being accepted for the Emergency Fund. Donations can be made via cash, check, or credit card by contacting United Way of Central West Virginia using the information below. We hope that you can join us in emphasizing the importance of “neighbors helping neighbors” by assisting those who have been affected by this water emergency.

United Way of Central West Virginia
One United Way Square
Charleston, WV 25301
Phone 304-340-3500
Fax 304-340-3508

OR You may also donate online
using the following link:

Charleston Daily-Mail Endorses Giving Through United Way:

A convenient way to make a difference

Charleston Daily Mail Editorials
Monday October 28, 2013

IN and around the central part of West Virginia, there are thousands of people who need assistance. Some children need extra help in school, yet their families don't have the means to provide a tutor.

Some families don't have enough food at home to feed their children or the money to furnish shoes, coats or other clothes for themselves.

Some families unexpectedly find themselves without a home.

Some people suddenly need an emergency escape from an abusive partner or parent.

Some people who normally don't need help find themselves in a crisis and don't know where to turn.

How do those of us who are in safe and stable situations find the best way to help people in our area who are suffering?

It's easy. We turn to the United Way of Central West Virginia.

The mission of the local United Way is to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community.

For many, the United Way of Central West Virginia is the charity of choice. It's known for its ability to identify needs, develop and mobilize resources, create shared leadership and enhance the capacity to build a better community.

The organization, led by a local board of directors and operated by a small and dedicated staff, provides funding and assistance to more than 60,000 people via 26 social service agencies and seven initiatives.

The United Way focuses its efforts in three primary areas:

Helping children and youth achieve their potential,
Promoting financial stability and independence,
Improving people's health.
Many employers across the area are conducting United Way campaigns now. Anyone with the means to help is encouraged to give. The United Way welcomes donations of time as well.

Some folks bring up a scandal involving the national United Way years ago as a reason not to give, but that situation involved no local people and only pennies, if any money, given from here.

The local United Way is independent, and money given here stays here. Not giving helps no one.

But giving to the United Way of Central West Virginia will help the local people who need it most.

Imagine what our community can do when together we give, advocate and volunteer.

For more information or to give, visit or call 304-340-3500.

Charleston Gazette-Mail Endorses Giving Through United Way:

Giving: United Way best

Charleston Gazette Mail Editorials
November 1, 2013

Nearly everyone feels an urge to help less-fortunate folks who need a boost. But it's difficult to know which charity drives are worthy. Some of them are big-money operations in which most of the donated cash goes to the operators.

For example, down in Mason County, the Sheriff's Association engaged outside fundraisers to collect contributions -- and detectives are trying to learn whether part of the money was pocketed.

The United Way solves this dilemma. It's a one-shot, volunteer-run, community-oriented system that is genuinely trustworthy.

Volunteer collectors corral the gifts. Volunteer employers let donations be withheld through payroll deductions. Volunteer committees distribute the money and oversee agencies getting it.

Best of all, the consolidated community drive supports 26 different helpful charities -- so it eliminates more than two dozen separate fund drives. That's why they call it the United Way. The 2013 Kanawha Valley campaign is wrapping up. Money given in the Charleston region stays here at home to serve local needs. Last year, more than 60,000 less-privileged people were aided by the 26 member groups. We hope folks with a generous urge push this deserving effort over the top.

United Way Campaign Wrap Up Reception
Incentive Prize Winners

Wednesday, April 24th
Prize # Prize Desc. Winner Company
Grand Prize Design A Room Christopher Fisher Enterprise Rent-A-Car
10th Prize $200 Kroger Card David Ramsey CAMC
9th Prize $200 Kroger Card Richard Donovan Arnett & Foster
8th Prize Blue Ray/DVD Player Amy Murray AEP Chase Tower
7th Prize Nook E-Reader Kelly Persinger BB&T
6th Prize 15" Laptop Teresa Broughton Steptoe & Johnson
5th Prize Ipad 2 Elton Bond McJunkin Redman Corp.
4th Prize 40" LCD HDTV James Cooke Toyota
3rd Prize His & Her Trek Bikes Colleen O'Neill WVSECC
2nd Prize Stressless Chair Terri Dodrill BB&T
1st Prize Patio Set Sheila Brisendine BB&T


United Way’s partner agencies helped more than 60,000 people in 2012. People from all walks of life, from all over our region. Together, we ensure that more kids go to bed with their bellies full, that more adults have a job to go to in the morning, and more individuals without health insurance receive access to health care services. We make sure there’s support for a person who’s been given a life-altering diagnosis. We’re there when disaster strikes.


  • 307 at risk children accessed a high quality after-school program.
  • 38 individuals received tutoring - teaching adults to read, write and do math on a one-to-one basis.
  • 1,385 individuals were exposed to community preparedness programs.
  • 4,107 people increased their knowledge and skills related to risk reduction strategies for sexual violence.
  • 43 people were represented in obtaining a court decision in domestic violence petition orders.

United Way and its partners provide access to health care services for uninsured people and help children and youth learn from healthy behaviors that prevent future problems. And we support services so adults can receive comfort and assistance in facing end of life issues.


  • 93% of children receiving autism services showed improvement in at least one skill identified on their treatment plan.
  • 8,479 students received a dental screening; 83% completed their treatment plans.
  • 22,871 uninsured individuals received health care services; 85% improved their health status.
  • 710 individuals received crisis counseling services.
  • 2,217 individuals received end of life comfort and care.

United Way and its partners stabilize people in crisis with emergency food, safe shelter and housing services.  We provide support to people experiencing domestic violence.  And we help people learn job skills to increase their earnings so they can become self sufficient.


  • 18,963 shelter nights were provided to homeless women and their children. 86% of these women secured and maintained their housing and 90% gained employment.
  • 9,106 Kanawha and Putnam County households received the emergency and financial assistance needed to help retain housing and feed their families.
  • 1,168 Boone County households were able to live healthier and more comfortable lives because they were provided with basic needs.
  • 407 emergency services were performed for military personnel and their families.
  • 632 Kanawha County needy students received a new pair of shoes, boots, socks and or clothing improving their school attendance.
  • 200 domestic violence victims benefitted from a secure and confidential shelter, providing them a safe space away from their abuser.
  • 1,437 families were provided food at Christmas.



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