The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Editorials

January 29, 2013

Million reasons to say thanks

United Way financially poised to help many

— Hopefully, residents of our region truly understand the marvelous accomplishments of United Way of the Laurel Highlands volunteers over the past five years.

To raise more than $1 million in each of five annual fundraisers is enormous. Be assured, the money will be well-spent.

“We are focused on meeting the needs of our community, and this year’s fundraising will impact the lives of many people in need,” Laurel Highlands chapter President Bill McKinney said at last week’s final report meeting.

“It will also allow us to invest in evidence-based programs that will address several important initiatives such as early-childhood development, disengaged parents and drug and alcohol prevention.”

Those words should warm the hearts of all of those individuals, groups, businesses and industries that graciously donated to this worthy cause.

United Way, with the help of dedicated, hardworking volunteers from our community, raised $1,063,123 throughout the final months of 2012 and the first weeks of this year.

The amount was less than $40,000 shy of the record collected during the 2011-12 campaign.

“In spite of the difficult economic environment and the downsizing of several employers in the region, we are extremely proud of the work done by our volunteers, board and staff, and the final outcome,” campaign chairman Larry Coco of ESH Quality Consulting said.

Indeed.

We join others in the community in thanking the leaders. In addition to Mr. Coco, they were Rebecca Styles of Lockheed Martin AeroParts Inc., vice chairwoman; Jared Gorentz of The Reschini Group, leadership chairman; and Glenn Wilson of AmeriServ Financial, Tocqueville Society chairman.

Those four, along with McKinney, would be the first to deflect the credit to their volunteer committee workers and the donors themselves.

“These funding requests will allow us to partner with high-performing nonprofits to deliver quality, evidenced-based programming that will result in measurable results,” McKinney said.”

Nice job, everyone.

 

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