GALLIPOLIS — The Gallia County United Way hosted its fundraiser campaign kick-off breakfast Friday morning with local civic organization representatives to share the meal.
Rev. A.J. Stack of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church led the invocation and Gallia County United Way president Jamie Conway introduced Josh Smith to speak to the assembled group. Smith spoke for and represented Clark Mundy of Electrocraft as the United Way honorary campaign chair.
“It’s an honor to speak today on behalf of Electrocraft about United Way,” Smith said. “The thing about United Way is that it provides hope for different programs. This is an area (Gallia County) where I think we’re having a lot of trouble lately and it’s (United Way) there to help provide hope. We have a saying in our (business). ‘We measure success by the way we effect the customer.’ So I would just say that if we use the same measure for the United Way that we would see the results are very real and the success is without end.”
Conway then introduced attending agencies and their representatives. Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency, The Outreach Center, Gallia County Chapter American Red Cross, Woodland Centers, Holzer Hospice, Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Ohio Valley, Serenity House and the Gallia County Council on Aging all made appearances.
Afterwards, Conway introduced Gallia County United Way board members.
Brent Eastman stood to explain why he and others supported United Way efforts.
“I think in answering why I and we support United Way, I sat and started thinking about that. I guess the easiest way for me to explain that is if I rolled the clock back,” Eastman said. “I came to my first United Way breakfast with my father and on the way I asked him a question. Ironically, I brought my son Tyler for his breakfast today and he asked the exact same question on the way that I did. That question was ‘What is United Way?’ Back then I asked Dad that and he started explaining what he knew about it. It’s kind of stuck with me all those years. What is United Way? What do they do? Why do they do it?”
Eastman answered through his research that United Way was an organization “with a goal of improving lives by mobilizing the caring power of the community to advance the common good.” The organization took funds and applied them to community agencies to help achieve communal goals.
“The great thing about it is we can all donate whether it’s big or small and it stays here local and helps our people in the community,” Eastman said.
Gallia County United Way will help and host a variety of events over the course of the next few months in order to raise funds for such efforts. American Electric Power, Ohio Valley Electric Corp., Electrocraft Ohio, Area Agency on Aging 7, Holzer Health System employees, Peoples Bank, Willis Funeral Home, Ohio Valley Supermarkets and Gallia-Jackson-Vinton JVSD employees were all named as pacesetters for the campaign season.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.