GREENCASTLE — United Way of Franklin County underscored its mission "To improve quality of lives by mobilizing the caring power of Franklin County" during the annual meeting Wednesday morning at B Street 104 in Greencastle.
Dr. Michael Doncheski, outgoing board of directors president, was thanked for his service and new leaders welcomed, including Ilana Vojnovich, president, and Bonnie Zehler, vice president.
Doncheski noted that 2018 was a challenging year, including the uncertainty of how the new tax law and reduction in charitable giving deductions would impact donations. Investments also took a hit when the stock market dropped in December, but United Way of Franklin County is financially strong, he reported.
There are five weeks to go in the annual campaign and United Way is at 83 percent of its $900,000 goal.
However, the goal is more than the number on the progress "thermometer," said Kim Shockey, campaign chair, explaining people truly want to know where their donations are going.
"When you give to Franklin County United Way, it goes where you intend it to go," said Shockey, who challenged each person in the crowded room to talk to three or four people about United Way that day.
"Go out from today's meeting and go out every day and continue to do good," Doncheski urged.
Through its 28 program partners, United Way touches lives in all parts of Franklin County with the vision of "a community where all individuals and families achieve their human potential through education, income stability and healthy living."
Amy Hicks, executive director, highlighted four focuses:
— Moving beyond basic needs
— Financial stability
— Early learning
— Healthy living
With partners ranging from Women In Need to Girl Scouts and Waynesboro Day Care Center to the Franklin County Therapeutic Riding Program, it is important to be able to report outcomes, Hick said.
As an example, she talked about United Way's Stepping Forward Works. It started with training in logistics/forklift and CNA, then branched out into electrical, HVAC and office administration. There are about 30 clients a year who have gone on to sustained employment of 73 percent which puts them "on track for long-term financial stability."
For more information about United Way programs or the annual campaign, call 717-262-0015. or visit:
Contact Shawn Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-597-2164