On Tuesday, September 19th, United Way leaders from across the state joined West Virginia Governor Jim Justice to officially kick-off the State Employees Campaign. Secretary Austin Caperton is leading the charge as Campaign Chair.
The United Way of Marion County Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Brett White as the next Executive Director of the organization.
“We are very happy to have Brett joining us,” said Holly Kauffman, President. “He brings a wealth of experience and skills in fundraising, marketing, campaign planning, and United Way management. With his leadership, we will continue to expand the impact of United Way on quality of life across Marion County.”
White currently serves as the Director of Development and Communications for the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties – a position he has held since 2012. In that role, he oversees the organization’s fundraising campaign of $1.5 million dollars. From 2004 to 2012, he served as Program Manager for the WVU Center for Civic Engagement, where he spearheaded West Virginia University’s United Way campaign, one of the largest in the state.
“I am very excited about working with the United Way of Marion County,” said White. “Together, I’m confident we can build a stronger United Way that works to address the health, education, and financial stability of every Marion County resident.”
The United Way of Marion County raises dollars to support 20 local health and human service agencies. The 2018 fundraising campaign kicked off last week with a goal of raising $420,000. Michael Angelucci is leading the efforts as Campaign Chair.
White is an avid community volunteer and is active in numerous community organizations including Rotary, the Public Relations Society of America’s West Virginia Chapter, and the WVU Extension Service.
“I’m looking forward to joining the community and getting to work,” added White. He will be relocating to Marion County and begins his official duties on August 14.
Fairmont State basketball has held numerous camps and showcases in the past, but on Saturday, it added a new wrinkle to its schedule.
The Falcons partnered with the United Way for the first time in a free basketball clinic for 70 boys and girls in the eighth grade or under in the Joe Retton Arena.
The men’s and women’s basketball teams, womens’ coach Steve McDonald, men’s coach Jerrod Calhoun and a couple of former players were on hand to show the kids basketball drills at the college level.
The majority of participants were kids from Marion County, contrasting from the camps and showcases that attracts a lot of kids from out of the area.
The United Way of Marion County got members of the community excited for the 2016-17 United Way campaign during Tuesday’s kickoff at the Falcon Center on the shared campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College.
Blaire-Nuzum Wise, president of the board of directors of the United Way of Marion County, announced the 2016-17 campaign theme “Give Local, Live Local.”
“I think that we wanted to make (the campaign) very personal and Marion County-centric because if we are unable to meet the basic needs of our neighbors, then our community is not going to live and thrive,” she said.
Dr. Maria Rose, president of Fairmont State University, welcomed community members to campus and said the university is honored to be able to host the kickoff event each year.
As a member of the community-review board, Rose said it is apparent that there is a lot of need in Marion County, and it is important to provide services to the citizens.
The United Way of Marion County continues to help nonprofit agencies year after year.
There is a total of 22 agencies that it helps.
Each year a new campaign is launched with a goal, and the money raised goes to help keep those agencies stay afloat.
At the United Way of Marion County Spring Celebration held Monday, United Way board members, agency representatives, campaign division chairs and donors gathered at Colasessano’s in White Hall to celebrate the 2015 campaign and to introduce a 2016 campaign soft launch.
The First Energy Foundation gave a $36,000 donation to the United Way of Marion County Tuesday morning.
First Energy Corp. manager of external affairs Allen Staggers said First Energy participates in giving donations to the United Way of Marion County every year.