Two new contests are being added to this year's fun at the Kick-Off Event for the United Fund of Warren County 2017 campaign.  The Event will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 29th, at the Library Theater.

The first contest for this potato-themed event is "Best Dressed Potato," open to children twelve years old and younger.  Click here to read the full story.

Posted
AuthorAndrew King

The United Fund of Warren announced on Friday that their Torchlight Campaign was a success.

This year’s goal of $665,000 was met and exceeded by nearly $3,500. The campaign is the largest annual fundraiser in Warren County.

Campaign co-chairs Terri Swanson and George Lilja were both thankful for the Warren community’s help.

“It is a pleasure to again thank all of the generous people in Warren County who helped us achieve our goal, which supports all of the member agencies of the United Fund,” Swanson said.

Lilja concurred, saying “This campaign is a broad-based community effort, and its success year after year speaks volumes about the generosity of Warren County.”

Lincoln Sokolski, the chairman of the United Fund’s Board of Directors, noted that this was the 92nd annual campaign that has been undertaken.“Over the years,” he said, “millions of dollars have been raised to make sure that our neighbors who need help can receive it. Our agencies are remarkable in their service, just as the community is remarkable in its support.”

Jim Goodling, United Fund director, broke down the sources of contributions. The largest portion, by far, comes from the industrial and financial companies within the county. Corporate contributions and the payroll deductions of employees bring in 58 percent of all donations. Individual gifts come to the campaign through direct solicitation (9 percent) or a general residential campaign (2 percent). Commercial establishments and professional offices contribute 3 percent, and governmental, hospital, educational, and member agency staffs give 5 percent of the total. The remainder (23 percent) is received through income from various trusts which were established to benefit the United Fund.

In turn, the Fund supports 20 agencies through the donations it receives. About half the money collected helps kids through programs such as scouting and 4-H. Support for seniors accounts for 20 percent of the campaign, helping to fund such organizations as the senior centers in Sheffield and Warren. Counseling through Hospice of Warren County and Family Services receives about 10 percent of the money, with 15 percent going for emergency services through the Red Cross and The Salvation Army. Disability services through organizations such as Don Mills Achievement Center and BEI complete the roster of support.

Goodling noted that all campaign contributions go directly to the agencies. Campaign and administrative expenses are paid for through income from the Community Foundation, so all contributions to the campaign go to agencies to helped with their work.

Donations to the United Fund can be made throughout the year in person, by mail, or online at www.unitedfundofwarrencounty.org. 

Posted
AuthorAndrew King

2016 Torchlight Campaign Co-Chair George Lilga announced that the campaign has now reach the 90% mark.  There is much excitement about the incredible generosity that Warren County residents have once again displayed.  Lilga urged all of Warren County to now "finish strong in the forth quarter to get us over the goal line!"  Thank you Warren County!

Posted
AuthorMark King

The students at Beaty-Warren Middle School were involved in a two week long competition to raise money for the United Fund of Warren County.  Over this two week period, the students collected money of any amount during lunches.  After the money was contributed, the student was permitted to put an ornament on the Helping Hands Christmas Tree.  The tree and ornaments were created by the 6th, 7th and 8th grade exploratory students.   The grade which donated the most money was allowed to choose which organizations would receive the funds.   The eighth grade ended up winning the competition and voted to designate the money to New Hope Assistance Dogs.  The check for $154 will be given to the United Fund of Warren County for use by New Hope.  Pictured presenting the check from left to right, Avery Olsen, Alexis Galloway, Jim Goodling, Alexis Johnson and Elizabeth Smith. 

Posted
AuthorMark King

At the PNC Bank Christmas dinner, the United Fund was presented with a giant check for $18,111 representing a $12,000 gift to the campaign and help toward funding the PA 2-1-1 system. 

Presenting the check is Jim Stevenson (Regional President, PNC Bank), and United Fund Executive Committee members Arthur Stewart, Denise Whipp, Lincoln Sokolski and Executive Director Jim Goodling.  

 

Posted
AuthorAndrew King

The United Fund campaign is a County-wide effort that benefits the entire county, so thermometer signs have been placed in Youngsville, Tidioute, Sheffield, Warren and Sugar Grove to allow residents everywhere to follow the progress.  The sign in the beautiful park in downtown Sugar Grove (pictured here) is a new location this year.  Thanks to the Borough Council for allowing it to be placed there!

Posted
AuthorAndrew King

PNC Bank supports the 2016 Torchlight Campaign with a very generous donation - $12,000.  United Fund Executive Director Jim Goodling and 2016 Campaign Co-Chair George Lilja accepted the donation from Frank Aiello, PNC VP Wealth Management, Jamie Frederick, PNC, Asst. VP Wealth Management, and Toby Miller, PNC Branch Manager.

Posted
AuthorAndrew King