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A look back at United Way gifts in action....
Organized and executed by The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley, the People First Conference is designed to provide individuals with intellectual, cognitive, and related developmental disabilities with the knowledge and skills needed to successfully advocate for themselves on many issues. All the conference sessions involve participation and are adapted and modified, when necessary, so individuals of all cognitive levels can understand and participate.
United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley partially funds the People First Conference. On September 9th, United Way was invited to attend the conference and see first-hand the impact of these dollars at work. More than 280 individuals came together to be reminded that their voice matters and to be equipped to use that voice. United Way Alliance Executive Director led a conference session on how to effectively fundraise on a local level for each People First Chapter.
"What I saw at this conference was a group of people I could only dream to inspire," said Shirey. "They inspired me within the first 10 minutes of the conference, singing as a group and declaring their intention to speak up." The group's mantra, Nothing About Us Without Us, resonated in every conversation. "I spent a few hours there but what I saw and heard will stay with me forever. This is the reason I do what I do and one of the reasons I think every one should invest in United Way."
United Way Alliance contributes $5,000 to the American Red Cross for flood relief. See the full story at: http://www.newsandsentinel.com/page/content.detail/id/612312/American-Red-Cross-chapter-honors-donors.html?nav=5061
United Way funding helped 150 local kids have a great summer at Energy Express, through our partner agency Wood County 4-H and WVU Extension.
Representatives from the Pioneer Antique Auto Club present United Way with $1,040 - proceeds from their third annual Cruise-In. These funds will be used to further United Way Initiatives that benefit the entire community.
Executive Director, Andrea Shirey presents The Gabriel Project of WV with a check for $7,525 to meet a critical need for baby cribs in the Mid-Ohio Valley. Read the full press release here: United Way funds critical need at The Gabriel Project of WV