United Way Alliance Fair

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They provide vital health and human services to people across the Valley.

So they got together Friday to do all they could to help.

More than 20 United Way Alliance agencies filled the midway of the Grand Central Mall and people stopped by the display tables to check out the programs and services.

Joyce Mather of United Way says these agencies do so much 24-7, including the Red Cross and Salvation Army, that weren't at the fair because they went to Charleston to help with the disaster there.

"Maybe it's your kids going to the Y to learn to swim or you have seniors that are benefiting from food programs or other senior citizen programs and they're a lot of vital services in between," she says. "So I guess what is really important to know (is) that United Way agencies touch all of our lives."

Mather says the point of the fair was to spread the word about what these agencies do and how they can make a difference in your life.

Ben Shuman, of the Boys and Girls Club of Parkersburg says United Way funding is very important to them.

“Without it, we would not be able to run our Power Hour program, which is our Homework Help and Literacy program for all of our club kids, as well as they've helped us with a new program this year, called More Members More Often,” he says. “It allows us to reach out to additional volunteers to help us increase the number of programs we can offer to all of our kids.”

Shuman says it was fantastic to be a part of the fair. Letting people know the value of United Way as they make it possible to enhance the lives of everyone in our community.

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