“How much fun can one potato buy?”

The 2016 United Fund campaign officially kicked off with an evening of fun and entertainment at the Library Theater.  The event was open to all and included music, food and a silent movie screening.  The cost of admission was once again just one potato per person.

Yes, that’s still “one potato.”

 In the early 1900’s, annual food drives were held so that everyone in Warren County who needed food for the holidays received it.  The Library Theater offered free admission to a movie to those who brought a “nice, large potato.”  Pictures in the Theater show barrels of potatoes which were gathered in this way.

 The United Fund is using this potato drive as a symbol of Warren County’s long history of caring and generosity.  2016 marks the 92nd year in which a community fundraising campaign has raised funds for human service agencies.  Today, twenty agencies receive support from the campaign, which now has a goal of $665,000.

From its inception as the Community Chest, the annual campaigns have raised money to help seniors, to build character in youth, to assist when disaster strikes anywhere in the County, and to help with food, education and work training. 

The United Fund supports all of these initiatives.  By having a single point of collection through this major fund drive, the member organizations are spared the cost of doing their own fundraising.  The United Fund is not the sole source of support for any of the agencies, but it is important to all of them

 As always, 100% of all donations received during the campaign will go to the member agencies.  Through the generosity of past generations of Warren Countians, an endowment provides funding for all administrative and campaign expenses.  Not one cent of donated money from the campaign goes for salaries, postage or advertising!

 Information on campaign progress is available on the website at www.unitedfundofwarrencounty.org and on Facebook.  Donations can be made through the website as well. Other venues are through places of employment, many of which provide payroll deduction services for the United Fund, or simply by dropping a check in the mail.  The address is P. O. Box 844, Warren, Pa.  16365.

 The agencies supported by the United Fund campaign are A Safe Place, the Allegheny Community Center, the American Red Cross, Bollinger Enterprises, Boy Scouts, Caring for Life, the David E. Martin and Tidioute Dental Clinics, the Don Mills Achievement Center, Family Services of Warren County, Girl Scouts, Hospice of Warren County, the Jefferson DeFrees Family Center, New Hope Assistance Dogs, the Ruth M. Smith Center, the Sheffield Area Hospitality Center, the Salvation Army, the Warren County 4-H Program, the Warren Area Student Union, the USO and the YMCA.