United Way sets sights high

WARREN – After several years without one, the United Way of Trumbull County announced a campaign goal for 2013 – $845,000.

“In response to requests from the community, the board of directors for the United Way of Trumbull County is setting a campaign goal for the first time in several years,” Chairwoman Fran Cunningham said. “We want the community to know that the board has listened and responded.”

The amount is a 5 percent increase more than the 2012 amount raised.

The campaign will begin soon, and a United Way work day is planned for next month. Earlier this month, the group announced it will focus funding on education, income and health.

Setting an actual financial objective is the result of the organization’s recent change in leadership. Ginny Pasha stepped up as president; Jim Whetstone is acting as campaign chair; and Cunningham is the new chairwoman of the board.

The three served lunch at the Salvation Army – one of 23 county agencies receiving United Way funding – on Tuesday before announcing their goal.

“United Way is so very important to helping Salvation Army meet its mission here in Trumbull County. We could not serve the numbers of people that we do without it,” said Karen Mamula, chairwoman of the Salvation Army Board of Directors.

The United Way provides funding for the Salvation Army’s lunch program, its after-school children’s program and for its mental and health services.

“Volunteering today at the Salvation Army, I can see first-hand the need in our community, and the impact United Way funding can have in helping those needs,” Whetstone said.

Money raised by the local United Way is used to fund 41 social service agencies and charitable organizations across the county.

The chapter was founded in 1923 and is governed by a volunteer board of directors.