United Way hits 2013 goal

WARREN – The United Way of Trumbull County exceeded its 2013 campaign goal of $845,000. The announcement was made Wednesday in front of the Trumbull County YMCA, where the campaign thermometer has been located and colored in red as it level of donations was reached.

Ginny Pasha, president of the Trumbull County United Way, said this is a great day for those who count on programs funded by the United Way.

”Our community is so generous and has once again stepped up to make sure that services and programs helping people in Trumbull County are available when we need them,” she said,

Jim Whetstone, 2013 campaign chairman, said the many individuals and companies contributed to the $879,201 final total.

”We could not have done it without the support of those in Trumbull County and those with ties to Trumbull County,” he said

United Auto Workers Locals 1112 and 1714 and the General Motors Complex in Lordstown represented the most money raised for United Way with a combined $100,400.

Glenn Johnson, president of the UAW Local 1112, said the UAW looks forward to working with the United Way to provide services to those less fortunate.

Fran Cunningham, United Way board chairwoman, said the United Way did see some losses in funding this year due to plant closings and employee cut backs in the workplace.

”Historically, workplace campaigns are the primary method of securing funding for the United Way and during the 2013 campaign, the United Way conducted 103 workplace campaigns. We were so happy to see gains in the finance, real estate and small business sectors as well as increased gifts from individuals who are not part of the workplace campaigns,” Cunningham said.

Representatives of Salvation Army, Big Brothers / Big Sisters, Children’s Rehabilitation Center, and the YMCA all of which receive funds from the United Way, attended the announcement.

Pasha said this summer the 2014 campaign will be announced.