Just after the Sept. 11 attacks, charities sprang up for everything from the victims to New York firefighters. But while the mid-Ohio Valley United Way's fall campaign fell short of its goal, director Beth Bullock says several individual fund-raisers got along just fine.
"SW Resources auction last fall did very well," says Bullock. "Salvation Army's Christmas kettles did very well. All the fund-raising efforts have done very well."
A more troubling concern than 9-11 is the economy; an economy which has seen companies downsize or disappear altogether. And several of those companies are corporate donors.
"You have plants like Ames closing and these people out of a job, says Bullock. "Their first priority is eating and paying their bills and taking care of their families. Their thoughts are not toward charitable giving."
Some agencies helped out by the United Way, such as the Wood County Senior Citizens Center, have also had funding cut by state and federal agencies.
"We have a lot of needs in our own backyard that we're not able to meet because of the cuts," says center director Karen Leachman.
The mid-Ohio Valley United Way plans its fall campaign kick-off Sept. 27 at Stadium Field.
It will coincide with the PHS south football game.