The United Fund of Warren County has received a $1,000 grant from the Land O’ Lakes Foundation to help fight hunger.  The Fund, in turn, contributed the money to the Salvation Army, a member agency, to help fund their kitchen.  The Army provides meals five days a week at its facility.  The grant will purchase ingredients for 500 meals.

The Land O’ Lakes Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life in communities by supporting valuable projects and charitable endeavors.  Jim Goodling, Director of the United Fund, praised the gift, noting that the “demand for food assistance is growing in Warren County and the Salvation Army struggles to meet that demand.  This gift is of great importance.”

Majors Ralph and Diane Campbell of the Warren Salvation Army agreed. “Over the summer, demand for help increases with kids being out of school.  This check will help us so much in restocking our shelves.”

The photo shows Jim Goodling presenting the check to Majors Ralph and Diane Campbell for their use with food purchases.

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AuthorLacey Hanson

The co-chairs for the 2015 United Fund campaign have been announced.  Terri Swanson and Thad Turner will head this year’s campaign, which has a goal of $660,000.

Both are enthusiastic about the upcoming campaign.  Ms. Swanson stated that, through her previous association with the United Fund, she is “very aware of all the good that the Fund achieves through its member agencies.”  She added that the importance of the Fund to those agencies “cannot be overstated.”

Mr. Turner expressed similar sentiments, saying that, without the support of the United Fund, some programs at the YMCA would be curtailed.  “The signs says that ‘the United Fund Works Here,’ and that is very true for the Y.  Several of our youth programs are heavily dependent on the continued help we get from the Fund.”

Ms. Swanson, a Russell native, is the Community Office Manager of Erie Bank at 301 Pennsylvania Avenue West.  There, her primary duties involve customer relations, loan requests, new accounts and managing daily operations.  Starting her banking career in 1985 as a part-time teller, Ms. Swanson has advanced to her current position.  She joined Erie Bank in 2007.

Ms. Swanson resides in Warren with her husband, John.  She has been involved in many charitable organizations within Warren County, including the United Fund, the Rouse Estate, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the Salvation Army and the March of Dimes.  This is her first co-chairmanship of the United Fund campaign.

Mr. Turner is serving his second year as a campaign co-chair for the United Fund.  He is the CEO of the Warren County YMCA, a United Fund member agency.  A graduate of West Virginia University, he had a distinguished college wrestling career.  After serving in the U. S. Navy as a SEAL, he has managed a wilderness camp for at-risk youth before coming to the YMCA. 

Mr. Turner has continued his interest in wrestling, serving as head coach for the 1999 first place Pennsylvania State Wrestling Team.  He also travels outside the country working to recover abducted children through the Association for the Recovery of Children.

The United Fund campaign will kick-off on Friday, October 9, 2015, with an event at the Library Theater from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  It will feature music for children and adults, free food, and a silent movie shown on the big screen.  A short presentation about the Fund will also be included.  The public is invited to attend, with the price of admission being one potato per person.

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AuthorLacey Hanson

The board of the United Fund of Warren County has set the goal for its 2015 campaign at $660,000.  The Fund is the largest annual fundraising event in Warren County and is used to provide a wide variety of human services through the County.

“This is an ambitious goal,” said board president Lincoln Sokolski.  “It is the largest amount the Fund has ever tried to raise, but the needs of our agencies continue to grow.”

Jim Goodling, the Executive Director of the Fund, agreed, adding, “Everyone knows someone who has been helped by a United Fund agency.  Personal, family and emergency needs extend to every part of the County, and United Fund agencies are there.”

The campaign will begin with a special event on Friday, October 9, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Struthers Library Theater.  The event will feature free music and food, a short presentation on the United Fund and a silent movie on the big screen. 

Typically, the campaign extends into the new year before the goal is met.  The progress of the campaign, as well as information about the United Fund and its member agencies, can be found at www.unitedfundofwarrencounty.org and on Facebook.

Gifts to the United Fund can be made through payroll deductions at many places of employment.  Contributions can also be made online or by mailing a check to Box 844, Warren, Pa.  16365. 

All gifts to the campaign go directly to the member agencies.  The United Fund uses funds from other sources to pay for all administrative and campaign costs.

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AuthorLacey Hanson

Celebrating 90 years of campaigns to help the social service agencies of Warren County, Barbara Tubbs and Thad Turner announced today that the 2015 United Fund of Warren County Torchlight Campaign had surpassed its goal of $655,000.  Ms. Tubbs and Mr. Turner served as co-chairs for the campaign.

As of this date, $662,193, or 101% of the goal, have been received in contributions and pledges.  This total slightly exceeds the 2014 campaign of $657,688.   Visit www.unitedfundofwarrencounty.org to read the full story.

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The United Fund of Warren County has accepted a new member agency: the Warren Area Student Union (WASU). Having completed an application and approval process, WASU joins twenty other Warren County human service agencies in participating in the annual United Fund campaign and the support provided by that campaign.  Click here for more.

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The United Fund Torchlight Campaign is running behind last year's end-of-year total by nearly $23,000. Jim Goodling, executive director, said that there are variations each year. "A company or an individual has a better or a worse year than the one before," he said, "and the contribution to the United Fund goes up or down accordingly. Unfortunately, there have been more declines in gifts this year than increases." Read more.

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The community responds once again with the generosity that is Warren County!  The progress billboard on the corner of 3rd and Liberty in Warren was updated to reflect the 40% level.  Well done Warren Community!  Watch this site and visit our Facebook page for more updates! 

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Recently, officials from PNC Bank presented their corporate contribution to the 2014 United Fund Torchlight Campaign.  Shown, from left to right, are Matt Duliba, Investment Officer; Annette Drummond, Trust Officer; Jim Goodling, United Fund Executive Director; John Palmieri, Relationship Manager; and Andrea Wallis, Assistant Branch Manager.

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Terri Swanson, the Community Office Manager for Erie Bank in downtown Warren, presents Jim Goodling, Director of the United Fund of Warren County, with a check from the Bank for the 2014 Torchlight campaign.  The campaign has exceeded 10% of its goal of $655,000 and is continuing.  Contributions are welcomed through the website at www.unitedfundofwarrencounty.org or the mail at P. O. Box 844, Warren, Pa.

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