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United Way has raised 52% of campaign goal

Donors have stepped up to the plate for the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties 2023 Campaign so far this year! The organization announced that it has reached 52% of its goal at a baseball-themed event Wednesday. During the 2023 Seventh-Inning Stretch Campaign Progress Report, held at the Monongalia County Ballpark, the United Way reported that $671,065 has been raised so far. This year’s campaign goal is $1,300,000.

After several companies reported workplace campaign totals, the 2023 Campaign Co-Chairs Kate Covich, Amanda Mazey, Brooke Brown and Lindsay Hammond unveiled the announcement by removing a sticker from a giant baseball. Holding the event at the baseball field matched up well with this year’s campaign theme, “Change the Game.”

“We’re so excited to announce that we are over halfway to the goal, but there’s still a lot of work to do to get the donations in the door,” Covich said. “We want to hit this campaign out of the ballpark, so we’re celebrating these amazing employee coordinators, workplace donors and individuals who’ve given already and encouraging others to make their pledge as well. Let’s change the game for everyone in need in Mon and Preston counties.”

“Listening to the reports from our hard-working employee coordinators is always a highlight of this event,” said Brandi Helms, chief executive officer of the local United Way. “We applaud them for their dedication to bringing in every dollar they can to make a difference in this community. They serve as an example for all of our donors that we can make real changes, if we all work together to do our part. We encourage everyone to give to this year’s campaign to help us hit that home run for our community.”

The event served as a mid-way point to the United Way fundraising campaign. In addition to the campaign update, attendees were able to enjoy some ballpark snacks and spend time in a lounge with a view of the whole baseball diamond.

United Way’s next event is the 12 Days of Giving, which will begin Dec. 1. Twelve $100 gift cards to local businesses will be raffled off. The 12 Days of Giving is sponsored by Steptoe & Johnson. To learn more about the contest, visit In January, the United Way is planning to host a bartending battle and an online auction/raffle.

The money raised during the annual United Way campaign stays in Monongalia and Preston counties, providing support to 36 programs at 27 agencies, as well as internal United Way programs, including Helpful Harvest Food Program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, WV211, and the Monongalia County Family Resource Network. For more information, visit